Thinking about hiring an Electrician to install new outlets?
Installing and replacing electrical outlets is a quick and easy way to upgrade your home and bring it into the modern era. Whether you’re hoping to upgrade to USB outlets or simply add a new location in your kitchen, our Springfield electricians can help you plan for your project.
Expect to pay around $125 to $175 to replace or install a standard outlet. The national average can run anywhere from $100 to $500 per outlet depending on the complexity of the job. Read on to learn more about the factors you’ll need to consider for your project.
Average Outlet Installation Price
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Outlet Prices By Type:
Depending on what type of outlet you are hoping to install or replace, the cost for the outlet itself can be as low as $3 for a standard 120V outlet to $50 or more for smart outlets. The type of outlet also determines the cost of labor, as some require a bit more time to install than others. Read on for more information about the cost of different types of outlets and be mindful that the prices are subject to change.
The most common type of outlet is a 120V outlet. These outlets are the least expensive to replace, usually $3 to $5 for the outlet itself. If you want to, you can also opt for 120V outlets with integrated USB ports. These will be a bit more expensive, around $15 to $25 each, but won’t cost any more to install. Expect to pay around $175 per new 120V outlet that you install and around $125 for each one you replace.
220V, 240V, & 250V
Higher voltage outlets are used for large appliances that require a higher amperage than a typical appliance, think dryers, cooking ranges, etc. Nowadays, electricians will usually install 250V outlets to accommodate more appliances, but you can still have 220V and 240V outlets installed if you prefer. These outlets will generally cost $10 to $20 for the receptacle, totaling $300 or so to install.
One of the cost factors that comes with adding higher voltage outlets is that a new circuit is usually needed on your electrical panel and new wiring usually needs to be run. If you’re simply replacing an existing high voltage outlet, however, the cost is comparable to replacing a 120V.
2-Prong vs. 3-Prong
Although not as common, homes built before 1968 will often have 2-prong outlets rather than 3-prong outlets, which are required by code these days. A 2-prong outlet has a hot wire and a neutral wire, but a 3-prong outlet also has a ground wire. These outlets are necessary for small appliances and any tech with metal parts and are designed to “ground” any unused power and protect you from electrocution.
Because replacing 2-prong outlets usually also means running a ground wire to the locations, the installation or replacement process can be more expensive. Expect to pay about $27 or so per linear foot for the running of new wire if no walls need to be opened. With all that considered, the cost to upgrade to a 3-prong outlet is about $100 to $300 per outlet.
GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets, are required in any location where water may be present such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and garages. They are pretty easy to spot as they have a reset and test button on the faceplate. Similar to the 3-prong outlets, these are grounded outlets designed to protect against electrocution.
Unlike the standard outlets, a GFCI outlet is designed to monitor current flow and will trip the circuit if it detects any variation in the flow, preventing surges and electrocution. The outlets themselves cost between $7 and $25 and can require a bit more time to add, particularly if a new ground wire needs to be run to the location. Expect to pay $125 to $250 per outlet depending on if you’re replacing an existing or adding a new location.
Floor outlets add convenience and are great for large spaces where running cables to the wall may be hazardous or unseemly. These outlets require more robust housing and are designed to be stepped on and exposed to water while you clean your floors. A typical kit runs about $30 to $50.
Installation can be trickier for floor units and is easiest when there is access to the floor from below and wire nearby so that new cables don’t have to be pulled to the location. These installations require a bit more finesse and tend to take longer, so expect to pay $175 to $300 to add a floor outlet.
If you have a system, upgrading to smart outlets is a great way to gain more control and keep your electrical bills low. A hardwired smart outlet will typically cost $25 to $50, so expect to pay around $175 to $250 per outlet to have them installed. If you want the benefits of a smart outlet, but don’t want to add the cost, there are many plug-in models that run from $15 to $50 that can give you many of the same benefits without the added cost.
Repairs and Upgrades
In most cases, adding and upgrading outlets is a simple task. If, however, you are hoping to take on a more extensive upgrade project, or require larger repairs, the overall cost can grow quickly.
As we mentioned above, if you are upgrading from a 2-prong to 3-prong outlet or adding a GFCI or 250V outlet, new wiring may need to be run. Even in the case of replacing existing outlets, new wiring may be necessary if the electrician discovers there is a problem with the existing setup. Oftentimes, issues with a faulty outlet imply other problems with the wiring and can require more extensive repairs.
In many cases, snaking new wire is simple to do and will cost about $27 per linear foot, totaling around $500 to $1,200 per project. If more extensive work is deemed necessary, a contractor may need to open up the walls, increasing the cost significantly, anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000 for a full project.
Another common requirement when adding new outlets or appliances is upgrading or replacing your electrical panel. Perhaps you only need to add a circuit, a relatively simple task, but you may also need to upgrade to a larger panel to accommodate the new work. This type of work can cost between $1,200 and $3,000 depending on the upgrades necessary.
If you are adding in a few large appliances in particular, you may find that you need to upgrade the electrical service to your home. This is a pretty big task and will require more coordination with your power company and goodlettsville electrician The final cost will vary greatly based on your location and your home but expect to pay several thousand dollars for this work.
While some upgrades and replacements may seem like a simple task, we always recommend hiring a professional when doing any electrical work. An electrician’s job is to ensure that all of their work is up to code to protect you and your family from hazards like electrical fires and electrocution.
If you are hoping to save on the overall cost of having an electrician come out to do the work, we would recommend bundling as much work as possible. The fewer times an electrician has to come out to do work, the more money you will save in the long run.
That being said, certain smaller projects, such as replacing the cover plates on your outlets, can be done quite easily without the help of an electrician. If you do choose to undertake a project yourself, be sure to consult with a professional beforehand, turn off the power before you begin working and use a voltmeter to double-check that there is no current running.
With the right electrician and a general understanding of the costs, replacing or installing outlets in your home can be a simple and cost effective task.
Prices vary from state to state and electrician to electrician and are subject to change. To learn more or if your needing a new outlet installed contact