What are the costs to replace an electrical panel in BC?

Apr 5, 2021

There are some tasks in your home that can be handled as a DIY handyperson, but most electrical work and especially replacing an electrical panel is not one of them. Electrical panels often need to be replaced in older homes where we draw more electricity than the home was originally built to withstand. Replacing an electrical panel will make your home safer, provide you with more circuits, and will give you the capacity for new appliances and devices to be used at the same time. But with the replacement of an electrical panel come additional costs; so what are the costs of replacing an electrical panel in BC?

There are a few different costs associated with installing a new electrical panel to consider. The cost of upgrading or replacing an electrical panel depends on what change is required, and the work involved in making the change. Adding more circuits, increasing amperage, or switching from a fuse box to a circuit panel will vary in cost.

If you’re upgrading to a higher amperage in your home, you will be able to accommodate higher energy demands and make your home safer. The standard now in most modern homes is a 200 amp box to avoid any capacity issues. But if you’re in an older home you may be running on a 100 amp or even 60 amp box, which is not sufficient electricity for most modern homes. When upgrading your amperage most work can be done within a day by a certified electrician but depending on how much of an upgrade you’re looking for you may be looking between $1000 and $4000 in cost to replace an electrical panel.

A common reason for many people to upgrade their electrical panel is to replace their fuse box with a circuit breaker. Circuit breakers can supply your home with more amps and are better equipped for handling and providing more power and preventing overloads. The cost for a new circuit breaker can run between $1500 – $2000 with additional labour of around $1000 depending on the specific job. 

While the costs to replace an electrical panel may be steep initially, having one that suits your home and brings it into the modern era will not only benefit you while you’re living there but will also increase the value of your home if you sell it. If your home needs an electrical panel upgrade get in touch for a free quote! Give us a call or contact us through email at info@ajselectrical.ca.

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