On average nationwide, it costs between $120 and $150 to install a garbage disposal. The average cost of garbage disposal installation depends on several factors: the type of garbage disposal, whether it’s a new disposal installation or replacement of an old model, and whether electrical connections or plumbing work is necessary.
The electrical and plumbing work involved in garbage disposal installation make the job potentially hazardous. That’s a great reason to hire a professional installer for this particular home improvement project. Homeowners can either purchase the new disposal themselves and provide it to the professional for installation, or let the installation professional purchase the disposal and include it in the overall cost. Let’s take a look at what goes into the overall installation cost for a new garbage disposal.
What’s in this cost guide?
- Cost of a Continuous Garbage Disposal
- Cost of a Batch Feed Garbage Disposal
- Cost to Install a Garbage Disposal
- Additional Plumbing and Wiring Costs
- Additional Features
Cost of a Continuous Garbage Disposal
On nationwide average, continuous feed garbage disposals cost between $80 and $200, and are typically less expensive and more common than other types of disposals depending on the size and model.
Continuous feed disposals are easy to operate: you run water in the kitchen sink, flip a switch, and feed the disposal with table scraps and compostable waste. With this type of garbage disposal, however, bottle caps, silverware and other metal debris can sometimes get caught in the blades.
Cost of a Batch Feed Garbage Disposal
The average cost of a batch feed garbage disposal is $100-$350 nationwide, depending on the size and model. They are safer to use than continuous feed disposals, but are not recommended for households that generate a lot of waste. Instead of a switch, the batch feed garbage disposal is activated by putting a stopper in the sink drain. Garbage disposals can be made of either aluminum or stainless steel. Aluminum is less expensive but more prone to leaking and corrosion. Stainless steel blades are also more durable. People with a septic system will need to check with the septic system installer or manufacturer to find out which garbage disposal models are compatible with their system.
Cost to Install a Garbage Disposal
On top of the cost of the actual disposal, most garbage disposal installers charge an hourly rate and can set up a garbage disposal in a couple of hours. Removing an old garbage disposal does take additional time, but all the necessary plumbing and electrical wiring will already be in place for installing the new one. The average cost of labor for a garbage disposal installer across the U.S. is $90; you are likely to spend between $55 and $145, depending on where you live and the specific project details.
Additional Plumbing and Wiring Costs
A garbage disposal needs electrical power and a switch to turn it on. If power is not readily accessible via an outlet, a switch is not conveniently located or a new circuit is required, an electrician will need to set up the wiring. Parts for this task are cheap, but hourly labor is relatively expensive. However, the job shouldn’t take more than an hour or two at most. In addition, a plumber may need install the correct sink drain before a garbage disposal installation; they also usually charge by the hour.
Additional installation features can help your disposal last longer and be more efficient in the long term.
- Dishwasher Drain Connectors: used so that dirty dishwater goes into the disposal
- Baffles: prevent silverware from entering the garbage disposal
- Push-Button Operation: avoids the need for an electrical switch in the wall