Updating old electrical outlets

04-Feb-2020 03:11

You may have to leave the wiring in the walls intact and only replace the cable in the attic or crawlspace.The majority of the new cable will likely be run through the attic and crawlspace before it enters the walls.The price for a whole-house rewiring job—including opening up walls, running new wires, connecting switches, outlets and fixtures, and then repairing the mess—is ,500 to ,000 for an average-sized home.For a larger home, or a house with restricted access to a crawlspace and exterior walls, the cost may reach ,000 and more for labor and materials.If your house is newly purchased, before you paint or move in, plan on cutting numerous holes in the walls to make running the new cable easier.

Do not attempt to replace your own wiring unless you are experienced in electrical construction.Even with enough power, you may need additional outlets to avoid relying on a tangle of power strips and extension cords — a potential safety hazard.The standard for household power used to be 60 amps.But modern homes may need as many as 200 amps to run air conditioners, computer equipment, high-definition televisions, and high-tech home automation devices.The cost of upgrading your existing electrical service panel to a 100- or 200-amp panel is 0 to ,000.

Do not attempt to replace your own wiring unless you are experienced in electrical construction.

Even with enough power, you may need additional outlets to avoid relying on a tangle of power strips and extension cords — a potential safety hazard.

The standard for household power used to be 60 amps.

But modern homes may need as many as 200 amps to run air conditioners, computer equipment, high-definition televisions, and high-tech home automation devices.

The cost of upgrading your existing electrical service panel to a 100- or 200-amp panel is 0 to ,000.

Besides replacing the wiring, you should also consider replacing your electrical service, which includes your main panel and any subpanels.