May 03, 2018
The cost to have a new electrical circuit installed in a Denver home ranges anywhere from $300 to $2,000.
Of course, what you’ll end up paying varies according to several factors, including:
Let’s take a closer look at these 5 price factors.
First off, “amperage” refers to the amount of electrical energy flowing through your circuit.
Residential circuits are typically 1 of 4 sizes:
Typically, the larger the amperage, the more it costs to install a circuit.
That’s because higher-amp circuits are usually installed to power much larger appliances (air conditioners, washers, etc.). And larger appliances require heavy-duty circuit breakers and receptacles (i.e., outlets) that cost more than the standard 15-amp circuit breakers/outlets.
The outlet to the left is typically used for 30-amp circuits or higher while the outlet to the right is typically used to power smaller appliances on 15-amp or 20-amp circuits.
Double-pole breakers are typically used for larger appliances on 30-amp+ circuits and are more expensive than single-pole breakers used for 15 and 20-amp circuits.
Also, double-pole circuit breakers can only be installed in specific areas of the main electrical panel. This might mean that an electrician will need to move around existing circuits/breakers in the panel to accommodate the new double-pole breaker, which increases time and labor.
Not yet sure what size circuit you’ll need?
If you’re installing a circuit to power any of the following appliances, you’ll probably need at least a 20-amp circuit:
If your new circuit needs AFCI-protection or GFCI-protection, this will increase the cost of the installation.
That’s because AFCI/GFCI-protected circuits require circuit breakers and/or outlets that have special built-in “protection” and therefore cost more.
For example, if your circuit needs GFCI-protection, that means you’ll need to have either a GFCI circuit breaker or GFCI outlet installed on the circuit. How that affects price:
A GFCI outlet (left) versus a standard outlet (right).
So, what exactly does “GFCI” and “AFCI” mean? And how do you know if you need this for your new circuit?
Well, “GFCI” (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) and “AFCI” (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters) both refer to circuit breakers and outlets that have different built-in safety features:
Circuits in the following locations will need GFCI-protection:
Any circuits in the bedroom will need AFCI-protection. For more information on AFCI-protection and when it’s needed, check out our blog, “How Much Does an AFCI Breaker Cost?”.
Note: Most 220V and 240V circuits do not need AFCI or GFCI-protection.
The longer the length of the circuit (i.e., how far the outlet/appliance is from the main breaker), the higher the overall installation cost.
A longer “run” increases the price of the project in 2 ways:
If the circuit’s wiring runs through hard-to-access areas, you’ll end up paying more overall.
The less accessible the wiring/appliances, the more time it takes for the electrician to complete the job and the more tools/materials they may have to use.
For example, expect a higher installation price if:
Electricians who have more experience and higher skill often charge higher prices than other lower-quality electricians.
That said, resist the urge to go with an electrician who offers rock-bottom prices. It may be tempting to save a few bucks, but an incorrectly installed circuit can lead to electrocution or electrical fires.
Our advice? Avoid electricians who offer dramatically lower prices than the rest.
Instead, choose an electrician who:
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