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    Chicago, IL·


    "They were very professional, and fair priced. Very respectful guys that work for him, they were on time."

    Bob H. in February 2019

    MCL Electric Logo

    In business since 2019

    Lincolnwood, IL·

    Full Home Wiring, Panel Installs

    About us: "MCL Electric is committed to excellence in every aspect of our business. We uphold a standard of integrity bound by fairness, honesty, and personal responsibility. Our distinction is the quality of service we bring to our customers. Accurate knowledge of our trade, combined with ability is what makes us true professionals. Above all, we are watchful of our customers' interests, and make their concerns the basis of our business."

    Petonica Electric Company Logo

    In business since 2020

    Lombard, IL·


    About us: "We can take on a wide range of residential and commercial electrical projects to include full installation for additions and remodels as well as wiring/panel upgrades, and a variety of other projects. We take pride in the quality of our work and our commitment to outstanding results. We look forward to building strong, long-term relationships with our clients and guarantee your satisfaction."

    A-Plus Electric Logo
    Chicago, IL·

    Code violations corrections, Outside lights and outlets, Panel Upgrade or Troubleshooting , and 3 more

    "Darryl the tech installed a electrical panel for me & I received a great price . The company does charge a estimate fee but thatâ s ducted from your price so I couldnâ t complain he got my house up & running. Thank you so much!!"

    Yvette C. in February 2022


    In business since 2023

    Bridgeview, IL·

    About us: "We take great pride in our experience, expertise, quality, and customer service that we provide to meet the consumer’s needs. It is our mission to provide excellent workmanship and complete customer satisfaction from start to completion of a project. In order to understand the needs and expectations of our customers, we take great care to work and communicate with every customer in a professional manner. Our reputation is based on service, safety, and quality, regardless of how large or small the job."

    Enable Electric Logo
    Aurora, IL·

    Commercial, Residential, Remodel , and 2 more

    "My experience working with Carlos at Enable Electric was seemless. Carlos was extremely attentive with communication, on time for visits and completed my electrical panel swap successfully. I highly recommend Enable Electric and will most definitely be hiring them again for additional projects in the very near future!"

    Gina C. in January 2022

    Chicago, IL·


    "Martin is phenomenal and he does a great job. He does large jobs and small jobs. He does it all. He is fantastic. I've been using him for years. he is dependable and reliable. He puts his clients first. I wish every service provider was like him. When something goes wrong,"

    Heather H. in April 2020

    Chicago, IL·

    Panel Upgrades, Rewiring

    "Al is a really nice guy and did wonderful work ee-wiring my kitchen and garage.very knowledgeable"

    Ty W. in August 2020

    Complete Electric Logo
    Orland Park, IL·

    Running Conduit: outdoor, indoors, and underground, recessed lighting, New Installation/panel upgrades , and 2 more

    "I highly recommend this business to everyone. Tom installed a new ceiling fan quickly and the price was reasonable for the work done. Tom provided a quick appointment and good customer service. I will definitely use this business for additional electrical work."

    Kathy R. in September 2018

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Out of Network Generator Installers in Chicago, IL

How much do electricians typically cost?

  • Chicago, Illinois Average
  • Typical Range
    $2,000 - $6,500
  • Low End - High End
    $1,000 - $8,200

Things to Consider Before You Install a Generator in Chicago, Illinois:

  • What type of Generator are you interested in?
  • What is the intended use?
  • What electrical devices will be run by the generator?
    Emergency lighting
    Regular house lighting
    Water heater
    Heating and A/C
    Specific outlets
    Entire house

Overview of Generator Installation in Chicago

The state of Illinois consumes 5.3 trillion BTUs (British thermal units) each year. Chicago alone consumes over a billion watts. Whether you're looking to replace a malfunctioning generator, install a new one or consider greener options, the process is the same. The cost of generator installation in Chicago comes down to what you need and what you can afford.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of Generator Installation in Chicago
  2. Local Cost Information for Generator Installation
  3. Pros and Cons of Having a Generator Installed in Chicago
  4. Local Licensing and Qualifications
  5. Other Projects to Consider

Where you live also comes into play. Chicago is home to 2.7 million people. Some products and professionals offer better customer value than others. As always, a larger population guarantees more competitive pricing. Chicago's major counties include:

  • Cook County
  • DeKalb County
  • DuPage County
  • Grundy County
  • Kane County
  • Kendall County
  • Lake County
  • McHenry County
  • Will County

Chicago's population is so vast that almost all the counties listed above include at least 100,000 citizens. If you live in any of these regions, you'll have no trouble finding a great price on generator installation. The neighborhood where you live will also determine the type of generator you need. The most popular neighborhoods will include more public areas where you can go during an outage. So, you can get by with a much smaller generator if you live in areas such as:

  • Bridgeport
  • Edgewater
  • Edison Park
  • Hyde Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Logan Square
  • The Loop
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • Old Town
  • Wicker Park

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Local Cost Information for Generator Installation

The national average for generator installation is $3,063. In Chicago, however, it's $5,084. There's also a hidden cost with generators: they're not cheap to operate. Most require gasoline to run. A gallon of gas will power a 1,500-watt generator for about five hours. A heavy-duty 5,500-watt generator will run for 11 hours, but it'll burn through 6.5 gallons of gas in the process.

Obviously, the type of generator you select will affect the installation cost.

  • The amount of wattage a generator produces doesn't directly correlate to its price, as there are other performance-based factors.
  • Your options will come down to two choices: Do you prioritize having the largest amount of power possible when using your generator, or do you simply want a fail-safe in place during those rare instances of power outage?

Your household budget is another factor. If this is not an emergency purchase and you're looking to shop responsibly, you can get by with a smaller generator output. For homeowners with a large budget, however, there are viable options from major manufacturers capable of generating up to 10,000 watts of power. Here are the most popular:

  • All Power America
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Champion Power
  • DuroMax
  • Generac
  • Honda
  • Honeywell
  • PowerPro
  • Sportsman
  • WEN
  • Westinghouse
  • Yamaha

Champion Power produces some of the most popular and cost-effective generators. Honda has a stellar reputation, but at a higher price. Here are some of the most popular generators currently on the market:

  • Briggs & Stratton 6,250-Running Watts
  • Champion Power Equipment 1,500-Watt
  • DuroMax XP4400E 4,400-Watt
  • Generac  iQ 1,600-Running Watts
  • Honda EU2000i 2,000-Watt
  • WEN 1,800-Watt
  • Westinghouse WH7500E 7,500-Running Watts
  • Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000-Watt

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Pros and Cons of Having a Generator Installed in Chicago

On the pro side, a professional will set up a stable environment for the generator. It guarantees safety to have a pro manage this and not you. No matter how confident you are in your installation expertise, a Chicago-area professional with vast experience installing generators will build a sturdy structure. You can trust your generator to last for years, and you'll have confidence it operates at maximum efficiency.

The primary con of hiring a professional is the expense. If you are an experienced DIYer, you can save a great deal of money by performing the installation yourself. In fact, you might be able to pay for as much as half of the generator's cost through these savings.

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Local Licensing and Qualifications

If you choose to hire a professional installer, do some research first. Check the contractor's qualifications to guarantee he or she is reliable. Chicago has done the heavy lifting for you and conveniently provides a list of licensed general contractors. Simply head to the City of Chicago website and verify that the bid you're about to accept comes from a reliable individual.

Also, verify the company's Better Business Bureau rating. Any contractor with a grade lower than an A has enough complaints against them that you should look elsewhere.

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Other Projects to Consider

You will probably wind up storing your new generator at the back of your house. This presents a great opportunity to do home improvements in your backyard. Consider adding a sitting area complete with furniture and a fire pit. The situation is also a good chance to upgrade your landscaping. Add a few more bushes and shrubs or maybe even a tree to disguise the generator. You might also put some fencing in your backyard to complete the area. Look at the entire situation as a chance to go digging in the dirt.

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