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Question DetailsAsked on 7/16/2014

How much should it cost to get a new standard outlet installed?

I want an additional outlet installed in my garage. There is an existing outlet on the other side of the wall, so there is power in the general area where I need the new outlet installed.

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IF the circuit serving the outlet on the other side of the wall has available capacity for the new outlet, AND the circuit is rated for the amperage load you want to put on the new outlet, then minimum visit service charge of typically $75-150 (though up to $250 in some major city areas) should handle it - plus about $25-40 materials. If wall is concrete or brick be sure to tell contractor this when you call, as he will have to bring impact drill which he might not normally carry with him. If your existing circuit breaker is fast-blow then may cost $40-100 more to put in a slow-blow breaker to handle the startup drain also.

IF the existing circuit does not have the capacity for the new load (especially if putting in 2HP range power tools or such, as they need 20A minimum circuit breaker versus 15A in some older houses for regular outlet runs, then you could be talking $250-500 range to run a new circuit from your breaker box, assuming it has available capacity for more load.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


This is to plug in an electric car. I've been using the existing outlet in the garage and haven't tripped the breaker yet. But to park it outside and charge it out there I need to install an outlet closer to the garage door. I've read that I should havea standard 120-volt household outlet that is on a dedicated 20-amp circuit.

Answered 6 years ago by Bradley


OK - changing the story on us, huh - you want an outlet OUTSIDE the garage, not inside. Code requires this a an separate outlet on a dedicated circuit for car plug-in - either for charging or for block heaters, and has to have GFCI or AFCI protection breaker depending on which code your area is working under.

Will have to come from your main breaker panel, so probably in the $500 range plus or minus. The plus end is if run through walls or ceiling so there is drywall repair and repainting to be done afterward, the minus (maybe, if a short easy run) if it is run in surface mounted conduit. This assumes main panel is in or immediately adjacent to the garage.

If your main panel is not up to the added amperage capacity so you need a capacity upgrade, that commonly runs another $500-1000, or even more if your house main service is not up to capacity either or you have a non-code compliant panel.

You need bids from Electricians - and consider whether you need a 20 or 30 amp service and some at 240V rather than 120V - because new hydrid/electric cars are coming with quick-charge capacity which draws more power, so maybe do a bit of research on the subject so you do not have to upgrade next time you buy a car.

Also - there is a new code requirement active in a few areas and working its way into the code soon I believe, requiring an emergency shutoff switch on the circuit if the breaker is more than a certain walking distance from the outlet - designed to allow quick shutoff in case the wiring to the car or in the car catches fire but does not trip the breaker. Might check with your local electrical code inspector on whether that is required in your area too. I would NOT count on the electrician to know - most have not done enough of these electric car plugins to know the code yet, and commonly just wire it like a block heater or outdoor convenience outlet, which generally does not meet code.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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