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Installing and replacing electrical outlets is a quick and easy way to upgrade your home and bring it into the modern era. Whether you want to upgrade to USB outlets or simply add a new location to your kitchen, we can help you plan your project.

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Expect to pay approximately $125 to $175 to replace or install a standard socket. The national average can range 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 price for installing an outlet

Release price by type

Depending on the type of outlet you are hoping to install or replace, the cost of the outlet itself may be as low as $3 for a standard 120V outlet at $50 or more for smart points of sale. The type of outlet also determines the labor cost, as some take a little longer to install than others. Read on for more information on the cost of different types of outlets.

120V standard

The most common type of outlet is a 120V outlet. These sockets are the cheapest to replace, usually $3 to $5 for the socket itself. If you wish, you can also opt for 120V outlets with built-in USB ports. These will be a bit more expensive, approx. $15 to $25 each, but won’t cost more to install. Expect to pay approximately $175 per new 120V outlet you install and around $125 for each one you replace.

220V, 240V and 250V

High voltage outlets are used for large appliances that require higher amperage than a typical appliance, think clothes dryers, refrigerators, large air conditioners, stoves, etc. Electricians these days usually install 250V outlets to accommodate more appliances, but you can still have 220V and 240V outlets installed if you prefer. These outlets will usually 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 required on your electrical panel and new wiring usually needs to be installed. However, if you are simply replacing an existing high voltage outlet, the cost is comparable to replacing a 120V outlet.

2 pin vs 3 pin

Although less 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 technology with metal parts and are designed to “ground” any unused power and protect you from electrocution.

Since 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 approximately $27 or more per linear foot for the passage of a new wire if no wall must be opened. With all of this, the cost to upgrade to a 3-prong outlet is approximately $100 to $300 per outlet.

GFCI Outlets

GFCI outlets or ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are needed in all places where water may be present, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and garages. They are quite easy to spot as they have a reset and test button on the faceplate. Similar to 3-prong outlets, these are grounded outlets designed to protect against electric shock.

Unlike standard outlets, a GFCI outlet is designed to monitor current flow and will trip the circuit if it detects a change in flow, preventing power surges and electrocution. The outlets themselves cost between $7 and $25 and may take a little longer to add, especially if a new ground wire needs to be installed at the location. Expect to pay $125 to $250 per outlet depending on whether you are replacing an existing location or adding a new location.

Floor units

Floor outlets add convenience and are ideal for large spaces where running cables through the wall can be dangerous or inconvenient. These outlets require a sturdier housing and are designed to be walked on and exposed to water while you clean your floors. A typical kit runs approximately $30 to $50.

Installation can be trickier for floor standing units and is easier when there is floor access from below and nearby cable so that new cables do not have to be pulled into the location. These installs require a bit more finesse and tend to take longer, so expect to pay $175 to $300 to add a floor outlet.

Smart Plugs

If you have a smart home system, upgrading to smart outlets is a great way to have more control and lower your electricity bills. A wired smart plug will typically cost $25 to $50so expect to pay around $$175 to $250 per outlet to get them installed. If you want the benefits of a smart plug, but don’t want to add the cost, there are plenty of plug-in models that work from $15 to $50 which 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’re hoping to take on a larger upgrade project or need larger repairs, the overall cost can add up quickly.

As mentioned above, if you change from a 2-prong outlet to a 3-prong outlet or add a GFCI or 250V outlet, new wiring may be required. Even in the case of replacing existing outlets, new wiring may be required if the electrician discovers there is a problem with the existing configuration. Often, problems with a faulty outlet involve other wiring issues and may require more extensive repairs.

In many cases, snaking new yarn is simple to do and will cost around $27 per linear foottotaling approximately $500 to $1,200 per project. If more extensive work is deemed necessary, a contractor may need to open up the walls, which adds significantly to the cost, ranging from $$3,500 to $8,000 for a complete project.

Another common requirement when adding new outlets or appliances is upgrading or replacing your electrical panel. Maybe you just need to add a circuit, a relatively simple task, but you may also need to upgrade to a larger panel to support the new work. This type of work can cost between $1,200 and $3,000 depending on the necessary updates.

If you add a few large appliances in particular, you may find that you need to upgrade your home’s electrical service. This is quite a large task and will require more coordination with your power company and electrician. The final cost will vary greatly depending on your location and home, but expect to pay several thousand dollars for this job.

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Why You Should Hire a Pro

Although some upgrades and replacements may seem like a simple task, we always recommend having a professional do the electrical work. An electrician’s job is to make sure all their work is up to code to protect you and your family from hazards such as electrical fires and electrocution.

If you’re hoping to save on the overall cost of bringing in an electrician to do the job, we recommend that you bundle as many jobs together as possible. The less an electrician has to come to work, the more money you’ll save in the long run.

That said, some small projects, like replacing the cover plates on your outlets, can be done quite easily without the help of an electrician. If you choose to take on a project yourself, be sure to consult a professional first, turn off the power before you begin work, and use a voltmeter to check for current.

With the right electrician and a general understanding of costs, replacing or installing outlets in your home can be a simple and cost-effective task.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Can you convert a 120V outlet to a 240V outlet?

Yes it’s possible. Usually there is a bit of new wiring that needs to be done, but otherwise it’s a relatively simple task for a professional electrician.

Do you need an electrician to install an outlet?

Technically, no. Some tasks, such as replacing your outlet cover plates with childproof ones or even just upgrading from standard outlets to outlets with USB ports, can be simple to do on your own. That being said, we always recommend hiring a professional electrician to ensure your own safety and that all work is up to code to avoid any future problems or electrical fires.

How long does it take to install an electrical outlet?

For a seasoned professional, this can take as little as thirty minutes. However, with larger projects requiring the opening of walls, drywall repairs or the installation of cables, it can take up to two hours or more per outlet.

How many outlets can you add to an existing outlet?

You should have no more than eight lights or electrical outlets on a standard 15 amp circuit. Depending on how many fixtures and outlets you already have on the circuit in question, you may or may not be able to add an additional outlet.