Costs of Garbage Disposal Installation at a Glance
- Cost of installation or replacement: $300 on average; $250-400 in the range
- Labor costs: average of $50 per hour; range of $45-$200 per hour
- Garbage collection: $25-$50
- $75-$150 for a 1/3-HP unit
- $75-$200 for a 1/2-HP unit
- $100-$250 for a 3/4-HP unit
- $200-$500 for a 1-HP unit
- $300-$1,100 for a 2-HP unit
Many homeowners consider their waste disposal equipment to be a necessity. These machines are installed beneath your sink’s plughole and grind food waste into tiny particles that can pass through your wastewater pipes without obstructing them.
But, as with any home appliances, you’ll need to replace your garbage disposal at some point. This is how much it will cost.
What Is the Cost of Installing a Garbage Disposal in a Sink?
The usual cost of installing a garbage disposal is roughly $300 for a 1/2-horsepower device, which should be sufficient for most household setups. This pricing covers the installation of a new P-trap. However, prices vary substantially based on model and horsepower rating, with an average price range of $250 to $400.
This pricing covers labor as well. A competent contractor should install your device in around 3 hours. The average contractor charges roughly $50 per hour, for a total labor cost of $150. However, depending on the going rate in your location and the task complexity, you could pay between $45 and $200 per hour. Experienced do-it-yourselfers may want to consider installing a garbage disposal themselves to save money on the installation of a new machine.
What Is the Cost of Replacing an Existing Garbage Disposal?
The cost of replacing an old garbage disposal unit is comparable to the cost of installing a garbage disposal for the first time on a sink. The cost varies greatly based on your model and the state of your existing plumbing. Your contractor will most likely not need to install a new P-trap, but they will need to remove your old garbage disposal, which should cost between $25 and $50. You should also consider the cost of your new disposal unit as well as a few hours of work to install it.
A few reasons may increase the cost of replacing an existing garbage disposal equipment. If your present unit is difficult to remove and your sink is damaged in the process, you may have to pay for additional repairs. If the pipes or P-trap attached to the disposal are in bad condition, your plumber may consider upgrading them.
What is the cost difference between various horsepower ratings?
According to Fixr, the average price range for garbage disposal systems rises as the HP rating rises. Waste can be ground more effectively by units with higher horsepower.
A 1/3-HP unit, which costs between $75 and $150, is just powerful enough for tiny families of one or two people. A 1/2-HP unit has enough power to suit the needs of a four-person family. They range in price from $75 to $200. If you have up to six people in your family and require a more powerful disposal, a larger, 3/4-HP unit could be a decent alternative, and you could expect to pay between $100 and $250.
Larger families with up to eight people may require a more powerful 1-HP garbage disposal, which typically costs between $200 and $500. The most expensive garbage disposals are 2-HP models, which cost between $300 and $1,100. Unless you have a large family and a lot of food waste, or you’re purchasing a machine for a commercial environment, you probably don’t need a garbage disposal this strong.
How Long Can Garbage Disposals Be Used?
The average garbage disposal device has a lifespan of roughly 12 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. However, if you overuse your device or do not follow the manufacturer’s usage guidelines, it may not last as long. The longevity of your garbage disposal is also determined by the quality of your equipment.
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