Is this a good deal? Swap out electrical panel, add surge protect
Angie's list sent out a coupon from an A rated local licensed electrician:
$849 - This deal includes:
All new panel
All new breakers (standard single & 2 pull breakers)
All new boards
100 AMP (or 200 AMP w/ $200 upgrade)
Complete check of current and grounding
Installation of new whole home surge protector
Product: Siemens QP panel 100 AMP 30 space and SURGE protector! Upgrade to 200 AMP panel for an additional $200 - paid at time of service.
The Fine Print
Includes standard single & 2 pull breakers, additional charges will apply if specialty breakers are required
Additional charges are not anticipated but may apply for unforeseen circumstances such as circuit extensions to accommodate new panel
If current panel is not labeled additional charge will apply
Does not include GFI or AFCI breakers
If dry wall repair is needed additional charges may apply
Upgrade to 200 AMP Panel for an additional $200 - paid at time of service
Coupon does not include Permits
I am certain we will fall into the category of "additional charges for unforseen circumstances". And we also need to have some GFCIs added, some wiring run for the new kitchen lights and range, a couple ceiling fans and so forth. The house is a 1967 ranch, POs took good care of it but it is sorely in need of updating. Oh, and it has aluminum wiring so we will have them do the connectors too.
But anyway, does the panel swap out seem like a good price? Our current panel is in good condition but there are no empty spaces for the new stuff so we need a new panel anyway.