200 Amp Service Panel Upgrade Cost 928.203.6503 Ashfork Arizona
Older homes often run low-amperage boxes because they didnt have central air, modern appliances, or todays electronics in mind. Many homes with 60- to 100-amp units run close to maximum capacity. An increase to 150- or 200-amp service gives you room to grow. Homes with additions or large garages and hefty electrical equipment may need added amperage to support the extra power draw.
The professional’s electricians at Expert Electric only use the highest quality panels (load centers) manufactured by Federal, Square D or Cutler Hammer for your panel change out or upgrade. Every panel that we install has a 1year warranty on the equipment. but typically these panels should last up to 30-40 years without any problems. The bottom line is we make sure the heart of your electrical system, the electrical panel, will be trouble free for years and years to come.
A low-amperage unit can run as little as $125 excluding labor, permits, and other materials. Depending on the amperage, the type of home, and the number of circuits, the job could cost as much as $3,000.
Purchase of a new panel – this is an issue that is best done after reviewing the home’s needs with the electrician, since the panels are available in many sizes, as indoor or outdoor units, combinable with the meter 1, and with a range of available circuit spaces;
Once it’s complete, there’s really no disadvantage to an upgraded home electrical system. However, the cost of the project and the disruption to your life that it can create aren’t always easy to handle. For example, in order to work on the main electrical system of your home, you need to have the electric company completely cut off service. This means you can’t use any electrical elements in your home, including lights, for the duration of the work. Plus, you need to wait on the electric company’s availability to have service restored.
Are you constantly “blowing fuses” in your home, If you still have a fuse panel, it’s possible that your insurance company doesn’t like you very much. When your fused wiring (which runs throughout the walls in your home) become overworked, they will probably overheat. And when wires overheat, they can start fires. We believe that everyone should get a circuit breaker panel system in their home to ensure safety.
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Pushmatic breakers are very unreliable. The indicator flag is supposed to show whether the circuit is on or off. Many times this on/off flag will stay fixed in either position, giving homeowner a false indication of the condition of the circuit. If the circuit breaker is not not used (exercised) and serviced regularly they become stiff and difficult to operate or reset.They may trip easily for no apparent reason. Sometimes they “stick” and won’t break the circuit.This can possibly cause a short circuit or overload, which can lead to a fire. Also pushmatic breakers only have thermal trip mechanism. All modern breaker also have magnetic trip mechanism in addition to the thermal one. Many pushamatic panels don’t have a main breaker which is another safety issue.
Unlike your new cabinets or countertops, your electrical system is invisible. There are many ways to cut corners with electrical work, and most consumers won’t know the difference. That’s why it’s important to choose your contractor based on referrals, using resources such as Angie’s List.
Installation of appropriate service – the local utility company may need to install a different power supply or upgrade the meter 1 and service, and this is an absolute necessity before installation of the new circuit panel begins (this is going to come at a separate expense);
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission classified this panel as a safety defect warranting a new electrical panel. These panels, installed in homes between 1950 and 1980, have design and manufacturing defects that cause fires or shocks.
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Unless the homeowner is knowledgeable in home electrical systems, the installation of a new circuit panel is not really a “DIY” project. Traditionally installation is done by a professionally licensed electrician and only after all local planning permits and approvals are received. The project will include:
The prices of electrical permits and inspections are so high and although copper is at a low price right now, the amount of available electrical journeyman to hire is really low in the shadow of the demand for them. This has driven electrician wages up and therefore prices of such services. We charged 1200-1500 last year on average and now we have to charge 1800-2000 just to cover rising costs.
Installing solar on your home requires increased capacity for electricity. Choosing not to upgrade your electrical panel could prevent you from larger home additions such as a adding a spa, pool, electric vehicle, or increasing square footage to your home.
We had an emergency with our AC unit one evening and Midway Services sent out HVAC service Dom L. He was fantastic! He temporarily fixed the problem so our AC worked that night until the part came in a few days later. Dom sat with us and gave us all of our options with prices. He made us feel very comfortable in choosing the best option for us (even since our unit was a quite few years old.) He was very upfront and honest on our options and let us choose the best route for us. We appreciated his honesty. We had some water leaking a few days later and we requested Dom back and he fixed the leak and replaced all the new parts that came in. He worked very hard and cleaned over and beyond (it was more cleaning that he thought.) He even took our wet rugs (we had in our garage) out to dry! He went over and beyond. He was very knowledgeable, hard working, kind and explained everything to us thoroughly. We would highly recommend Midway Services to everyone. They are very reliable, hard working, honest and Dom was exceptional!
The electrical system is the lifeblood of almost everything in your home that provides comfort or pleasure. Water heater, blow dryer, computer, TV, microwave oven, stove, refrigerator, and more, all depend on a constant supply of power. At the heart of all this is your electric panel. If you have a problem there, it can be felt throughout the house – and can be very dangerous if left uncorrected.
This is where the problem lies. The fuses are rated for the wire it is protecting. Our standard lights and receptacles work off a 14 gauge wire. The wire is rated to carry a maximum of 15 amps. So when we plug in too many devices on one circuit the fuse becomes overheated and ‘blows’. By using a larger fuse we may stop the problem of the fuse blowing all the time but the wire is rated to carry only 15 amps. Now that we’re used a larger fuse the wire becomes overheated, as it is working beyond capacity. These overheated wires are running through wood studs in the walls. The potential for fire now exists.
“Midway services is great. I called in a panic because I thought I killed my garbage disposal. I called in the morning and by the afternoon we had Felix come out. He fixed our garbage disposal and leaky pipe. He was very knowledgeable, experienced, and friendly. He took great care not to make a mess. He wore boot covers as to not track in dirt. He made what I thought was going to be an awful experience a pleasant one. Not the cheapest but worth every penny! Thank you Suzanne (dispatch) Felix and Midway Services!”
Prices fluctuate depending on site conditions. An electrician may need to do extra work when existing wiring and conduits, copper grounding, split circuits, new sub panels, or access to the exterior source need repair. A quote from a professional should include any of these extra tasks, as well as disposal of old equipment.
Estimated Time: Depends on the exact type of the existing panel, the replacement panel to be installed, the original wiring methods that were used for installing the existing wiring, and available access to the project area.
Thankfully these panels were taken off the market in the mid-1970s. They have a defective design that allows power to flow even when the breakers are switched off. Breaker switches also melt, which basically renders them useless. Zinsco electrical panels are fire and shock hazard. Replace them with a new electrical panel immediately.
The work was done by Glenn who explained everything to me before he started. He was efficient and courteous and friendly. I’ve used Midway before for duct cleaning and I am pleased to be a customer. Thank you.