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GFCI Outlet Installation in Spokane

Mainstream® Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing ensures the safe and code compliant installation of ground fault circuit interruptor (GFCI) outlet installation around your home.

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GFCI Outlet Installation and Replacement

Are you, your family, or coworkers experiencing electrical shocks from outlets? If so, it’s likely the outlets themselves that need upgrading.

GFCI outlets, or ground fault circuit interrupters, offer protection against electrical shock. Installing GFCI outlets is an affordable solution, bringing your home or business up to modern code standards while keeping everyone safe.

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Grounding is not just a technical detail in your home’s electrical system; it’s a vital safety feature that creates a safe path for excess electricity to be diverted into the earth. This significantly reduces the risks associated with electrical shock and fire. In the Spokane area, our team at Mainstream has been committed to enhancing the safety and efficiency of residential electrical systems since 2000. With thousands of electrical repairs completed successfully and safely, our experience speaks for itself. We’ve earned the trust of countless homeowners through our dedication to quality and safety.

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While having both a GFCI outlet and a GFCI breaker can provide extra protection against electrical shocks, it’s not always necessary. The need for both depends on local electrical codes, cost considerations, and the specific areas in your home. GFCI outlets are commonly used in areas with water exposure, like bathrooms and kitchens – while GFCI breakers typically go in the main electrical panel for broader protection. In many cases, consulting an electrician to assess your needs and ensure code compliance is wise.


Yes, you can use a GFCI outlet and a GFCI breaker in the same electrical circuit. While this may provide additional protection against electrical shocks, it’s not always necessary in all situations. GFCI outlets are commonly used at specific outlets in areas with water exposure, like bathrooms and kitchens, while a GFCI breaker in the main electrical panel can provide broader protection for the entire circuit. However, ensuring they are correctly wired and do not interfere with each other’s operation is essential. Consulting a licensed electrician is advisable to ensure proper installation and adherence to safety standards and electrical codes.


GFCI outlets and GFCI breakers safeguard against electrical shocks but vary in placement and scope. GFCI outlets are positioned at individual electrical outlets, whereas GFCI breakers are integrated into the main breaker panel. Installing GFCI circuit breaker protects your entire electrical system, while a GFCI outlet only safeguards one specific outlet.

These two options ultimately depend on your specific home or business requirements. GFCI outlets are ideal if you want to comply with code requirements. On the other hand, if you seek the utmost protection available, GFCI breakers offer a superior choice.

Ground Fault Circuit Breakers last 30 to 40 years, but the average life expectancy is 35. This is longer than the 15 to 25 years life expectancy of GFCI outlets. Before determining the right time to replace your circuit breaker, it’s crucial to understand the kind of outlet in your home.

Standard three-prong outlets, the most common in the United States, can serve you for up to 30 years. However, if the outlet is in regular use, it should be changed after 15 to 20 years. However, two-prong outlets lack grounding wire, which makes them less durable. It is therefore advisable to replace them with a three-prong outlet for better protection.

Circuit breakers can go bad or wear out and fail. Just like any other electrical equipment, GFCIs also experience wear and tear at some point and should be replaced immediately. There are many causes of a worn-out circuit breaker, including overloading the outlet and loose wiring.

Moisture in a room can accelerate rust on the metal screws of your GFCI device, serving as wire connection points. At the same time, your circuit breaker can wear out due to age. Electrical codes dictate installing new GFCI devices if they start tripping abnormally and have been in service for over 15 years.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters stop working or trip whenever there’s an overload or abnormal readings. The internal current transformer senses these readings. Although a trip is an ordinary thing, you should not ignore it. Apart from resetting the GFCI, it’s advisable to investigate the cause.

Many things cause the tripping, including conductive dust, worn insulation, water, or other soft grounds. Ground faults cause 80% of equipment short circuits, while insulation deterioration on cables and wires causes 90%. If you or your loved one becomes the unintended path, ventricular fibrillation, which leads to cardiac arrest, can occur.

Professionally installed GFCI outlets will cost anywhere from $140 to $250. The national average for GFCI outlet material costs is $19.71, while the national average for labor and materials is around $150 per hour.

Average “Do-It-Yourself” Cost: $18 – $50 per GFCI outlet

Average Contractor-Installed Cost: $140 – $250 per GFCI outlet

These prices are based on national averages for GFCI outlet installation and material costs. For an accurate quote on your unique GFCI installation or repair project, contact Mainstream Electric. The cost of GFCI outlet installation may vary depending on the complexity of the job, the number of outlets needed and the location of the installation.

Whenever an outlet isn’t working, the solution tends to be simpler than you think. With GFCI outlets, the most common reason for them to stop working is they’ve been tripped – which usually means they’re doing their job. In most cases, your GFCI breaker needs to be reset.

Ground fault circuit interrupter outlets are now required in areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and garages, where the risk of electrical shock is greatest. However, some older homes may still have the original, standard outlets in these locations. GFCIs can be identified by the “test” and “reset” buttons located on the receptacle. These outlets help protect you from electrical hazards by monitoring the amount of electricity flowing in a circuit. The moment the outlet detects an imbalance in the flow of electricity, the GFCI cuts off power to the outlet.

Installing a GFCI outlet greatly reduces the risk of electrical shock. They also help prevent fires, an especially important function in areas like kitchens where high-voltage appliances are frequently in use.