When you're looking into the cost to install a GFCI circuit breaker, you can expect to pay $165 - $280, typically, for materials and labor.
What is a GFCI?
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) is a device that's designed to protect you and your family against severe, potentially fatal, electric shocks and burns caused by your home electrical system. A GFCI circuit breaker or receptacle monitors the flow of current through a circuit. If it detects a ground fault -- an unintentional electrical path to the ground -- it will immediately cut the power to prevent electrocution of anyone in physical contact with any component of the electrical system -- wiring, outlets, appliances, light fixtures, etc.
Install a circuit breaker with a built-in GFCI into your electrical panel box to protect the electric wiring and everything on the branch circuit which it supplies against both ground faults and circuit overloads.
Install GFCI Receptacle vs. GFCI Circuit Breaker
GFCI protection is mandated for any electrical outlet that is close to water, as in a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry, or that is outdoors. Carry this out by either installing GFCI receptacles everywhere required, or replacing the relevant circuit breaker with a GFCI circuit breaker.
Advantages of GFCI Circuit Breaker: less bulky, does not require larger junction box. Can protect numerous outlets at once.
Where are GFCIs Required?
The National Electric Code (NEC) specifies where GFCIs are required in new construction. These locations include:
GFCI Required in These Locations:
UNDERWATER LIGHTING FOR SWIMMING POOLS
ALL OUTDOOR ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
UNFINISHED BASEMENTS AND CRAWL SPACES
WET BAR SINKS
Where installing a GFCI is not practical, it's recommended that you use a portable GFCI, which can be plugged into an ordinary receptacle, instead. Examples are when you are working with electrical garden equipment or power tools inside or outside the house.
- Materials and Supplies -- The GFCI circuit breaker and any miscellaneous fittings and connectors are included in the price.
- Labor -- Your electrician may charge you an hourly rate (usually with a minimum fee) or per job.
Get the Most for Your Money
Check your local building code to find out exactly where you are required to install GFCI protection.
Check that your GFCI circuit breaker's amp rating matches the rating of your wiring.
Save money by scheduling several electrical updates within the time frame of a single service call.