Cost to Install a Circuit Interrupter – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 71

$ 40

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 56% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Circuit Interrupter noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

An electrician charges $213 to install three circuit interrupters. 

An AFCI (arc-fault circuit interrupter) can protect you and your family from unseen dangers in your home’s wiring. It is a new safety device designed to protect against residential fires caused by a leak in the current outside a wire’s insulation.

The device takes over where conventional circuit breakers, which can’t detect damaged wires or faulty electrical insulation, leave off.

An AFCI detects an arc fault in-home wiring and turns the power to the electrical circuit off, reducing the risk of fire. It also protects an entire circuit against arc faults from the wires inside the walls to the cords of all the electronic devices plugged into the outlet.

Beginning in 2002, the National Electric Code requires AFCI protection on all 15-amp and 20-amp bedroom outlets in new home construction. You can have this protection in an existing house by replacing the breakers on your bedrooms with AFCI breakers.

It should come as no surprise that installing new breakers in a circuit panel is definitely a job for a qualified electrician. To add three breakers an electrician charges $213, which includes labor and material, and is well worth the added protection against an electrical fire that could destroy your house and family.

Here’s more information from the National Fire Protection Assn. about Circuit Interrupters.

Now you know the average cost to install a circuit interrupter, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. 

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