I was seeing very large fluctuations in my power supply. I hooked up a
meter to several lines and it was showing 118 with no load and down to 90's
with a heavy load. I called the elec company andt hey did some tests and
said it could be because my electric box was rusty inside.
Anyone know what its going to cost me to replace that? I live in a suburb
outside of philly if it matters.
Replacing the load center varies as to where you live and how many circuits
are involved and if there are any complications ... difficult working
conditions, other factors that also have to be attended to so as to meet the
Code ... and so on.
Get some bids.
Any chance you can get in there and clean things up a bit? Tightening
screws is a great way to start. If you are not comfortable working on a
load center, then forget it and seek professional help.
Before doing anything drastic, test the voltage before the main breaker with
and without loads on the system. If the voltage varies, it is a problem
before your box. A corroded box could certainly cause problems, but it
shouldn't affect all circuits the same.
Don't have any idea what the cost will be since I've never had occassion to
hire an electrician. It seems like it should be a half day job and a couple
hundred for materials. So what's that, $600?
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If it comes to that, replacing the circuit breaker service box will cost
(for 200 amp service) between $800 and $1500 depending on labor costs in
your area (the materials all cost the same ~$250).
In some jurisdictions, you can do the work yourself. In Fascist climes
(California, the northeast, etc.), you may need a licensed electrician,
permits, and inspections.
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