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Question DetailsAsked on 11/16/2011

How much should it cost for an electrician to replace a combination GFCI switch and receptacle?

I have a combination receptacle GFCI/switch in my bathroom. What would the cost be for an electrician to replace it, including a two gang cover plate?

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Assuming that there is a proper ground conductor present at the outlet box, the price may cost anywhere between $125-$170.
A standard receptacle can be replaced with a GFCI outlet if there is proper ground-conducor at the receptacle box. In other words, for a GFCI outlet to function properly and "interupt" when its intended to, there needs to be a proper source of grounding at the main panel and at the receptacle where the GFIC outlet is going to be installed. Furthurmore, if there is not a reliable source of ground at the receptacle box, then the liability of the malfunctioning GFCI installed is witht the electrician who installed the GFCI without inspecting the ground and advising the home-owner on it.

If there is no gound and the outlet box, provision of ground needs to be performed to ensure safety.

I hope this helps.

Mehdi Heidarian
Armor Electric
Lic # 937827

Answered 8 years ago by ArmorElectric


$65 to $85 for labor + $20 for parts.

$85 to $105 total.


Answered 8 years ago by Kestrel Electric


Most electricians are going to have a minimum charge to go to your home. It costs legitimate contractors so much in licensing, insurance, vehicle costs, office costs, etc. that it isn't worth their time to drive 30 minutes each way & spend 15 minutes on a job, only charging for one hour or even less. I wouldn't be surprised if most master electicians in your area don't charge a minimum of $100-150 in labor per service call. Most around here won't start their trucks for less than $200-250 but they got a bit spoiled during the construction boom and haven't come down much here yet.

Answered 8 years ago by Todd's Home Services


Sounds like a 2 hour service minimum at $65 Dollars Each Plus About $20 For Materials. So Roughly $150.00 Not Including any Discounts The Customer Gona Receive as Well (We Run Specials Everyday!). So Roughly $130.00 - $150.00.

Hopes This Helps!



Answered 8 years ago by nlguynn


The first answer is closest to the mark!. You can readily hire a licensed electrician for $30-40 per hour. Many of these guys are right on craigslist, and would be HAPPY to make $40 cash to come out and do this for you. Think of it this way - $40 an hour is $80,000 a year. And since we all know that they aren't going to report that $40 cash - it's even more. There are LOTS of very qualified guys who need a bit of side work.

The higher costs quoted by the other guys are laughable, and just demonstrate the incredible premium that some people put for what is very SIMPLE work. The whole thing will take like perhaps 30 min to do. It's just shutting off the right breaker, and swapping out the internals. No big deal.

This does assume that a ground wire is present, to be used.

Answered 7 years ago by Jefferson


Unless you feel uncomfortable doing minor repairs or don't understand that you should turn the electicity OFF before doing such can do the job yourself with a screwdriver and needle nose pliars...within 15 minutes. 5-10 minutes if you've done it before.

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_9638818


It would cost approximately $65-$85 for the service call and $20 for the parts and take a qualified electrician ten to fifteen minutes, you can easily hire someone to do it on the side for far less, as long as you keep in mind that someone doing it on the side, for cheap, is just that, he has no responsibility for your job, no licenses , no insurance, none of the burdens that raise the price for legal licensed contractors, and you have none of the legal protections you would have with a licensed contractor, cheaper, is not always cheap.

Answered 5 years ago by QualifiedElectrician


Costed me $15 for GFCI. 1 hour to do online research and$ 10 for parts ( contact less tester and GFCI test from harbour frieght) & actual work took took 30 mins. I learnt a lot and no more calling electrician for GFCI work.

Answered 4 years ago by Techwizard


ALl the idiots who say $ 20 for parts are crazy - A gfci 15 amp circuit breaker is $ 6.99 and any home goods store. Buy the part and tell the electrician you want his LABOUR .

Answered 4 years ago by j1ceasar


first of all those that said its $30-40 dollars and the guy would do it for cash are opening themselves up for several problems. first tax fraud, second no reputable buisness is going to do any kind of work for that amount the overhead cost of buisness would no cover the truck rolling down the road. for the home owner you get what you pay for. what happens if the part fails, do you think that 40$ cash guy is going to come out on a warrenty to replace the defective part? are you willing to risk possable electricution if the thind is not installed and grounded properly? to the guy who mocked the pricing and said it should be $6.99 read the womans question it is a combination switch and gfci with cover plate

Answered 3 years ago by electroman134


Most people the DIY don't realize that the GFCI cost $15.00 but if you are paying someone to pick it up it will cost you $20 for the GFCI no madder who you hire. Some places would even charge you more as they have to warranty the outlet and need to cover the cost.

Who ever you hire make sure you understand what your getting especially when doing the work yourself.

Answered 2 years ago by JHRII

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