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Old 07-10-2010, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Piscataway
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Does anyone know how much it would cost to replace/ update an old electrical panel? My parents have the old Federal Pacific circuit breaker box that needs to be replaced and they had a quote of $4,000! from Gold Medal!!!!!
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:26 AM
 
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Greetings,

Go to Lowes & Home Depot and price the materials that are needed. You can also go to an electrical supply house for price check. Any person from the public can purchase this. The electrican does hike 10 -30 % on the bill for going and getting the materials.
What was he charging pr hr., how long was the job going to take to get done. Get more estimates. Make sure there reputation is in tack. Check with the better business bureau is once source for refernces. Ask who you choose for references.
When you get other estimates, compare the written bids, and the lowest bid is the one I would check out for his workmanship.
Be Blessed
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:55 AM
 
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I had my service upgraded into my house and I believe I paid $1200-$1300 last year. Our electrician was here doing other work on my house but I believe the upgraded service was about that price. I used Suzi K Electric. They can be reached at 973-627-5813. I have been very satisfied with all the work he has done in my old house (dates back to 1850). He assisted me with getting my permits and all inspections were passed without issue. Not sure if he goes to your area but I would atleast call him.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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4000 is high, more like 2-3k.....

i would not get the materials yourself. electrician does not want to use the parts you buy, he or she wants to use the parts he is most familiar with.

most will run a new line from the pole to a new box. this obviously requires involving PSE&G

if i were you at this point i would throw in an outside transfer switch or at least an outside shut off switch for future installation of a generator.. this also makes DIY work safer I think, since you dont have any hot legs at the panel when the outside switch is OFF.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:58 AM
 
Location: GA
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I paid around $1000 several years ago. Most electricians will not use parts you purchase as they cannot guarantee them,
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Ridgewood
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Are you just changing out the Federal Pacific panel box or are you upgrading the size of the service, say from 100 to 200 amps? There's a huge difference, and the question can't be answered properly without that information.

Don't take lionandlambs's advice, can't even spell for goodness sake.
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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i don't think there is a big difference.

electricians may not want to use the old wire (if it is old enough) and if you are running a new wire from the pole, 100 or 200 amps does not make much difference.
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Piscataway
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Are you just changing out the Federal Pacific panel box or are you upgrading the size of the service, say from 100 to 200 amps? There's a huge difference, and the question can't be answered properly without that information.

Don't take lionandlambs's advice, can't even spell for goodness sake.
They need to change out the old Fed Pacific box and I think its 200 amp. Their original box is ~39 years old. I also think that estimate includes checking out electrical wiring/ outlets throughout the house and digging up something outside...not sure, as I have no clue about electrical stuff. Thanks for the replies.
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:17 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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I am a retired Electrical contractor but if contractors are getting $4,000 for a service change I might need to un retire.

Seriously get three estimates from experienced contractors and the guy in the middle will probably do the best job.

Here is a tip, the lower number of the license indicates years in business. my number was in the 5,000 area and I had 40 years experience. license numbers over 14,000 have little experience. Doesn't mean they are not qualified just they lack years of experience.

Good luck
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Piscataway
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I am a retired Electrical contractor but if contractors are getting $4,000 for a service change I might need to un retire.

Seriously get three estimates from experienced contractors and the guy in the middle will probably do the best job.

Here is a tip, the lower number of the license indicates years in business. my number was in the 5,000 area and I had 40 years experience. license numbers over 14,000 have little experience. Doesn't mean they are not qualified just they lack years of experience.

Good luck
Thanks PDD! That is a good tip. I might have to file with the better business bureau against the guys that my parents hired. Unfortunately I think my parents went ahead and had work done before talking to me. Arghhhhh!
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