Need An Outside Outlet Installed?
Maryland homeowners are expanding their living space by moving outdoors. Whether they are extending their deck, creating a firepit area or simply beautifying their landscape with lighting or a water features, they are creating a demand for more outdoor outlets. The good news is that this need for more electricity doesn't have to mean unsightly extension cords criss crossing the yard. There are more options for outdoor outlets than there have ever been.
Yes, outdoor outlets need to be covered. Just like indoor outlets, outdoor outlets have systems that cause the electrical circuit to shut off if the outlet is exposed to water or moisture. Since outdoor electrical outlets are exposed to the weather, having them properly covered ensures that they do not trip the circuit repeatedly in poor weather conditions. Call us today to have outdoor outlets installed.
To replace an outdoor outlet:
1. Shut off the power to your outlet.
2. Replace the old wiring in the box.
3. Get your new box and remove any screws, nails or pieces that are sticking out.
4. Insert copper wire into the holes on the box (with about an inch sticking out).
5. Trace where you plan to cut the box.
6. Fit your new box onto your old box.
7. Set up the GFCI.
8. Secure your receptacle by screwing it tightly.
9. Install the outdoor cover.
If you have the correct electrical knowledge, replacing an outdoor outlet can be simple. However, if you are uncertain about working with electricity, do not have the proper tools or lack the technical knowledge, you should have a professional electrician replace your outdoor outlet. Contact us today to get your outdoor outlet replaced.
It costs around $1,000-$1,400 to put in an outdoor electrical outlet. Some things that will impact the overall price include:
- The age of your house.
- Where you want the outlets placed.
- If any additional electrical boxes or wiring are needed.
Outdoor outlets are a great addition to any home and can be used for many purposes. If you are thinking about getting an outdoor electrical outlet installed, call Haas & Sons Electric!
An outdoor electrical outlet should be at least 1-2 feet from the ground, but there is no exact minimum stated by The National Electric Code (NEC). However, the NEC does state that it can be no more than 6.5 feet from the ground, to provide accessibility. For more information on installing an outside electrical outlet, give us a call today.