Cost of replacing the fuse box
Monday 27 December 2021
The average cost of replacing a fuse box is determined, among other things, by the type of fuse box that needs to be installed. On average, you can expect costs ranging from €360 to €850 for a single-phase fuse box to €540 to €880 for a three-phase fuse box.
Do you have a house with a very old fuse box? Would you like to replace this old fuse box with a new one? This is a job that you obviously don't want to do yourself, but it should be outsourced, for example to one of the professionals from Zoofy. Are you curious about what's involved in replacing a fuse box and which options there are? Would you like to get a good idea of the average costs for replacing a fuse box? Zoofy has gathered all the information for you and put it in a row.
Average costs for replacing or installing a fuse box
The price depends on the type of fuse box. The difference in cost price depends on the type of fuse box. There are two types of fuse boxs, a 1-phase and a 3-phase fuse box. The difference is in the connection. To find out which type of fuse box you are dealing with, you will have to take a look at the kWh meter in the fuse box.
How can you tell the difference between a 1-phase fuse box and a 3-phase fuse box?)
If the kWh meter indicates 220 - 230 V, you will need a single-phase fuse box. If the meter reads 380-400 V, a three-phase fuse box is required. The difference between the two types is also apparent from the number of wires coming out of the bottom of the meter box. Two wires indicate a 1-phase fuse box, four wires indicate a 3-phase fuse box. The professional, which you can quickly and easily arrange through Zoofy, can give you a definitive answer and advice. Furthermore, the average costs of replacing a fuse box also increase according to the number of groups that are installed. The more groups that need to be installed, the higher the costs will be.
What costs can you expect?
The table below will give you a good idea of the costs you can expect. The prices mentioned include the professional's labour, materials and VAT.
Number of groups Average costs for 1-phase fuse box Average costs for 3-phase fuse box
4 groups € 360 to € 520 € 540 to € 560
5 groups €500 to €570 €570 to €630
6 Groups € 520 to € 600 € 590 to € 670
7 groups € 550 to 630 € 610 to 690
8 groups € 570 to € 650 € 630 to € 720
9 groups € 670 to € 770 € 680 to € 780
10 to 12 groups € 700 to € 850 € 710 to € 880
*These are indicative prices based on jobs previously carried out. The final costs may differ from the invoice you receive from us.
How many groups are needed in my new fuse box?
The minimum number of groups needed in your fuse box does not only depend on the number of rooms in your home. The number of appliances that use a lot of electricity, such as a tumble dryer, oven, induction cooker or washing machine, also determine the number of groups you need. To prevent the fuses from blowing when you use both the washing machine and the dryer, it is advisable to connect each appliance to a separate group. In the past, a three-gang system was sufficient, but nowadays an average household needs seven to nine groups. Does your home still have an old fuse box? Let the professionals from Zoofy advise you and let them do the installation for you.
Meter box replacement costs
There are several possibilities for replacing a fuse box, namely the cheapest solution, the solution with high power consumption and the all-in-one solution in terms of fuse box replacement costs.
The most economical solution
Do you want to replace your fuse box but only have a limited budget or you just don't want to spend too much money on it? Then you can save on the costs of replacing the fuse box by only having a limited number of groups installed.
Calculating the number of groups
To calculate the minimum number of groups that need to be installed, you need to add up the consumption of all household appliances. Each group can use an average of 3 kW and a maximum of 3.5 kW. The fewer groups that need to be installed, the lower the costs. The minimum cost for a single-phase fuse box with four groups is € 360. See also the table above.
The solution for high power consumption
Is your home equipped with all the luxury appliances, such as an air conditioner, a large smart TV and a powerful induction hob? Do you want to avoid having to go into the fuse box all the time to switch the earth leakage switch? Then it is wise to choose a fuse box with a large number of groups, for example 12. The average costs for this are between € 750 and € 880.
The all-in-one solution
Think carefully beforehand about how many groups you want to install so that you are not faced with surprises when the fuse box is replaced. If it turns out that the fuse box has to be expanded with extra groups later on, this is an expensive matter. When in doubt, consult the specialist that you can book quickly and easily via Zoofy. They have a lot of experience. So take into account the future (family expansion? building an extension?). In the table above you can read what the average costs will be.
The price structure for replacing a fuse box
When replacing a fuse box, the materials cost the most. No less than 75% of the costs are for materials and 25% of the costs are for the electrician's labour. The hourly rate for an electrician, which can be booked through Zoofy, is € 65.
Choices that influence the costs of replacing a fuse box
The hourly rate of the electrician. Zoofy always states the hourly rate of the electrician. Still, it can be worthwhile to contact several professionals. Sometimes the job can be done for a predetermined amount instead of on a time and materials basis (per hour). This can sometimes save you a lot of money on the costs of replacing your fuse box.
The brand of the fuse box
Do you want to install a renowned A-brand, such as Merlin, Holec, Attema or Gerin? Then you're in the more expensive segment. There are also good B-brands available at an attractive price. The savings can easily amount to € 200.