200 Amp Service Upgrade


Old 05-08-07, 03:10 PM
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200 Amp Service Upgrade


My main panel is located outside my garage. It is now 100 amp service. It feeds my subpanel which is located inside my garage. I am going to have my main service upgraded to 200 amps with a 2 pole 100 amp breaker feeding the existing subpanel inside my garage via the existing feeder. I will run my new a/c circuits etc. from the 200 amp main and leave the subpanel and its feeder and branch circuits as they are now. Is this a typical upgrade?

I was quoted $2,100 to have the following changed-out to accommodate 200 amp service:
-Meter and main panel, 200 amp breaker
-100 amp breaker for existing subpanel inside garage
- all grounding and bonding to meet code including grounding rods
-riser, conduit, and new cable to utility
-permit fees
-trim around main panel

Just wanted to see if this is a fair price as no inside wiring or panels will be replaced. Thanks.

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Old 05-08-07, 03:13 PM
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Looking at all the past threads regarding upgrade, $2100 seems to be the norm. A pro will chime in soon.
Old 05-08-07, 03:17 PM
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How much are the other two estimates you obtained?
Old 05-08-07, 03:34 PM
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Where do you live. Fill in your profile. That price is cheap for California and high for other areas of the country from what I have read. The parts for the job are between $400-$800.
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$2,100 is a reasonable price for a 200A service upgrade. As with any contracted work, get at least three estimates and choose the contractor who best matches your budget and personal preference. Be sure to get estimates in writing and compare apples to apples based on the written estimates.
Old 05-09-07, 01:46 PM
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Get references as well. The idiot electrician I used made spaghetti out of my panel wires. It upsets me every time I do work on the panel.
Old 05-10-07, 09:17 AM
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I had my service upgraded not long ago. I paid extra because I specified a Square D panel and it was still only $1600. I'm in Maryland, on the Eastern Shore.

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