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    Question 33 year-old house

    what would be a range of cost for replacing an original electric panel in a 1980 home ? Because the house is 33 years old would it need re-wiring? If the house needed re-wiring, what could be the range of cost for a 1500 sq ft home ? thanks

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    Default Re: 33 year-old house

    Why do you want to change your panel?
    What size is your panel?
    Why do you think you need to re-wire?

    In most places, this job has to be done by a licensed electric contractor. Call 2-3 local guys for estimates. Prices do vary widely.

    Changing to a 200 amp is about $2500 plus permits, give or take a few hundreds.

    Have your contractor check your wiring too. Generally, a 33 year old house doesn't need re-wiring, unless something catastrophic happened. A re-wire job is much more expensive. You need estimates for that, though a homeowner can do it himself.

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    Default Re: 33 year-old house

    thanks dj1--got some estimates on the panel because its one of those that some say might overheat---was wondering whether needed to budget for any future electric expenses on 33 year old house--seems like the wiring is fine... thanks for your input dj1.

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    Default Re: 33 year-old house

    Quote Originally Posted by rosy View Post
    thanks dj1--got some estimates on the panel because its one of those that some say might overheat---was wondering whether needed to budget for any future electric expenses on 33 year old house--seems like the wiring is fine... thanks for your input dj1.
    Really ? A 1980 house should be pretty modern in code . . . I had a 1973 Calif House with something like 100a service for electric oven & cooktop, electric cothes dryer and Romex-type wiring. It was fine except that the wiring scheme wasn't the best - 2 BR's on 1-circuit, and 1 circuit for the MBR & Master bath (no 1875w hair dryer). It became a problem when I considered Mini-Split AC and did an addition - - when I was told I had to pay for trenching for a larger service line, the contractor tapped a gas supply for clothes dryer for $600 and I bought a new gas dryer (replacing a 8-10 years old electric one) and "freed" up a 30a/208 circuit for other loads. I just had the guy replace the original breakers for good measue.

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    Default Re: 33 year-old house

    My neighbor's FPE panel died not so long ago. Maurice will probably chime in here telling you how common that is ( and thanks to him again for the help with that). So yes, your wiring may be OK but the panel may not be.

    Regardless, this is a job for a licensed electrician unless you want to chance having your home insurance cancelled, or worse not pay off should an electrical fault occur and leave you with a pile of ashes. Since they will be on-site they will know what needs to be done. Always get at least 3 estimates and make sure they are all covering the same work to be done.

    I'm conversant with this stuff and have done a few panel changes and rewires but only when they were mine or the owner was hard-pressed with no other options. I do not recommend DIY here as mistakes can be deadly.

    Phil

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    Default Re: 33 year-old house

    As others have stated you would be way ahead if you had the place looked at by a good electrician, even if they charged a few hours for it.

    Many factors are involved, some can't even be seen. Original workmanship, rodent damage, sunlight damage, corrosion, loose connections are just a few.

    Above all, chose someone you trust that can give recommendations.
    Good Luck from Columbiana, Alabama
    Maurice Turgeon, Hidden Content

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