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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2015

How much does it cost to add 2-3 electrical outlets to garage?would be using them for exercise machines and freezer

Need additional outlets for two exercise machines, and deep freezer. Possiblly a small portable A/C unit in the future.
No need to include wall repairs in the price. Townhouse single wall at garage built around 2006

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Hopefully Kestrel Electric will jump in here with his two bits, because this is along the normal line of work for him.

Assuming there is an existing one there, or the breaker panel is there and has space and capacity for another circuit/circuit breaker, probably about $100 or so materials for wire, conduit, boxes, outlets (including probably 1 GFCI one) and miscellaneous fasteners and connectors and such, and about $200 plus or minus $100 labor - toward lower end in cheap labor areas and with studwall construction, higher end in high labor areas or concrete/brick walls. This assumes the circuit (or circuit slot) has the capacity for the machines and the freezer along with whatever else it is carrying.

Better solution at maybe double the cost assuming breaker box is not too far away - both from a freezer security position and in terms of the freezer kicking on and off not messing up the electronics in your presumably pricey exercise devices or inadvertantly kicking off the GFCI when it kicks on and off (which is very common) - is to run add-on outlets with GFCI protection from an existing garage wall outlet circuit for the exercise equipment, and a new dedicated outlet without GFCI for the freezer alone. That way its compressor motor does not directly impact a circuit with electronics on it, and some other device or use tripping the GFCI or breaker does not take out your freezer.

Be sure electrician knows about the possible portable A/C unit idea as well and have info on the amperage draw of the type unit you are thinking of, because this is potentially (depending on size) a very significant load that might mandate a dedicated circuit for it, or a larger capacity circuit for the exercise machines and it - or running them off some other available circuit without transient-prone equipment, and putting the A/C on an existing garage outlet with adequate capacity, then a new circuit for the deep freeze. I definitely would NOT put the A/C and freezer on the same circuit - too much chance of it tripping out when they both kick on at the same instant some time down the road, and if the circuit capacity/breaker is made large enough to handle that then under normal conditions the breaker will not adequately handle protection against overload by one device or a circuit flaw because its capacity will be too large.

I would also suggest a plug-in freezer temperature alarm with battery backup for the freezer (install yourself, plug and go) for about $20 or so from box or appliance store or Amazon oir such, and a surge protector strip for the exercise machines to protect their electronics. Unless they are pretty high amperage (meaning treadmills likely) they might be able to run off one surge protector strip and outlet, otherwise one for each if electronic - not needed if just a "dumb" treadmill without electronic display and exercise programming ability.

Of course, being a townhouse rather than a home, and especially if an older building with original or quite old electrical, there is a possibility that the overall wiring system cannot handle all those loads so you would need to upgrade the basic breaker panel opr even incoiming feed, or put in an auxiliary panel for the garage alone. In that case, which can happen but not overly common, could easily increase your total cost several fold, so the electrician should come in and assess your existing loads and capacity, look and the planned added loads, and work out a proposal from there.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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