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Costs and Safety in Replacing Electrical Panel

by superadmin on August 15, 2017 in Blog

Replacing electrical panel is required if it’s outdated or you need an upgrade. Perhaps your home or business needs more amperage. It could also be that your electrical system was installed decades ago.

Whichever is the case, there are costs and safety precautions you need to know. That’s why in this article, we’ll discuss a few of the important things to consider. Let’s start.

Why replace the panel as soon as possible?

Electrical panels are supposed to protect you and your property from fire. They accomplish this by cutting off the electrical flow when there’s a circuit overload.

However, it’s a different case with outdated panels. They might not work properly when there’s an overload. Hence, the overloading might result to electrical sparks and fires. That’s why you have to replace your outdated panel as soon as possible.

In addition, many homeowners failed to secure an insurance claim because of this one oversight (failing to replace their outdated service panel). It’s considered negligence on their part. If you want to avoid this, you should ensure that the electrician you hire has updated knowledge about electrical codes.

Do you really need more amperage?

Many Sydney residents and business owners think of replacing the service panel because of the upgrade. They think they need additional amperage to support their current lifestyle or business operations.

A 100 or 200 amp breaker panel might be already enough for most average Sydney homes. Even if you have an air conditioner or an electric-powered water heater, this might already suffice for your everyday needs.

If you will add a lot more appliances and other electric-powered devices, this is the case where you might need higher amperage. This is to accommodate the additional electrical demands while still protecting you and your property from sudden overloading.

How much does it all cost?

The service panel itself might cost up to $500. You might also need to pay for other materials such as fittings, connectors and additional wires.

The labour might take up to 10 hours. This depends on the complexity and the upgrade needed. If the per hour is $50, prepare for at least $500 for the 10-hour labour cost.

However, these are just estimates. You might pay a lot lower if the technician is fast and efficient. You might also save some on the material costs. Take note that the total costs largely depend on what upgrade you need (higher amperage requirement usually means higher cost). This also depends on the electrical technician doing the job.

Replacing electrical panel Sydney

At Electrical Detectives, our house and commercial electricians have gained years of experience in the field. As a result, they can work efficiently and apply cost-effective means.

If you need a reliable, efficient and affordable electrical service, call us today at 02 9709 4744.