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Question DetailsAsked on 2/13/2015

how much does it cost to install a timer

How much does it cost to install a electrical timer?

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If you mean an appliance timing switch, like for an oven or dishwasher or washer or dryer for instance, typically about $60-120 labor charge, plus part - which can run about $30-150 for older purely mechanical "dial" timer models, to more like $70-250 range commonly for electronic controlled devices where commonly the master circuit board has to be replaced.

For a single device plugged into the wall, like a corded light, you can just buy plug-in programmable timers that plug into the wall, then you plug your device into that.

If you just mean a timer switch for a regular light, replacing a standard 110V on-off switch like to allow timing of bathroom fan or such, typically switch costs about $15-40 depending on features and whether electronic or mechanical. Install can be minimum trip charge of typically about $75-150 (except more in a few high-cost urban areas) if it fits the existing box, if a deep box has to be installed to fit it (common with some brand of mechanical and with many electronic ones) can sometimes be about $50 more labor and $5-10 parts, depending on how difficult access and existing wiring is. If deep box is needed, in rare cases (emphasis to electrician desire to avoid this if possible) some drywall repair and painting by another contractor may be needed afterward. This commonly occurs if the incoming wires were stapled right close to the box or clamped to the outside of the box so you cannot get the existing box out to replace it without opening up the drywall a bit.

If you mean another type of timer, respond back using the Answer This Question button right below your question, and explain what you are after.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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