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Garbage Disposal Cost


How Much Does a Garbage Disposal Cost?

 
low costLow: Disposal Units Start $50-$115, Run $50-$380average costMedium: Can Run $150-$600 Installed
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Installed under the kitchen sink, a garbage disposal uses sharp blades and a motor to grind (and practically liquefy) food waste so it can flow down through the drains and into the sewage system.

Typical costs:

  • Residential garbage disposals with a 1/3 horsepower (HP) motor cost about $50-$115; a 1/2 HP model runs around $60-$180; disposals with a 3/4 HP motor are about $120-$350; and 1 HP motors can be $150-$380 depending on brand name and quality of construction.
  • Light-duty commercial-grade garbage disposals start around $500-$2,500 and go up depending on size, brand and features.
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What should be included:
  • Also called a garbage disposer, a garbage disposal comes in two basic types -- continuous feed, which usually has a wall-mounted switch so the unit keeps running as you drop more waste in; and batch feed, which requires a food cover be in place to operate the unit. Continuous feed is common and the easiest to use; a batch feed model is safer but can be slower to use on large amounts of food waste because you have to process it in batches. An Ohio plumbing supply company provides an overview of garbage disposal types and styles.
  • Stainless steel blades are generally preferred because they're less prone to rust. Other good options are overload protection, which turns off the motor if it starts to overheat; an auto-reverse feature to prevent jamming; and a dishwasher-drain connection so food particles from the dirty dishes get ground up in the disposal. And if your house is on a septic system, you'll need a disposal specifically designed to be used with a septic system. AskTheBuilder.com gives an overview[1] of garbage disposals and septic systems.
  • Although models vary, installing a garbage disposal generally requires moderate skills plus basic tools. HomeTips.com provides written[2] installation instructions and ThisOldHouse.com offers a how-to video[3] .
Additional costs:
  • If you can't install the garbage disposal yourself, it's generally not a difficult or time-consuming process and you can usually hire a handyman, for anywhere from $30-$150 an hour. Installation typically takes about 1-2 hours for a straightforward replacement and 2-3 hours or more if it's necessary to add electrical wiring or plumbing, so installation can cost anywhere from $50-$450 but generally is about $80-$150. If your home is not set up for a disposal, hiring a plumber to do the installation usually runs around $100-$200, but can go as high as $250-$450. Hiring an electrician to add an electrical outlet can run $70-$250.
  • New models of garbage disposals might need to be hard-wired into a dedicated electrical circuit from the electrical panel; if this isn't available in an older home, hiring an electrician to add an electrical outlet costs around $150-$250.
  • If needed, garbage disposal cleaner-deodorizer products are available at most hardware stores for about $3-$9.
Shopping for a garbage disposal:
  • Home Depot provides a garbage disposal buying guide[4] .
  • Major manufacturers include GE[5] , InSinkErator[6] , KitchenAid, Waste King and Whirlpool[7] .
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Disposals
Amount: $265.00 total
Posted by: Mark45236 in Cincinnati, OH.Posted: December 15th, 2014 05:12PM
Brand: ISE BADGER 5Installer: KellyPlumbing
$265.00 is about the going rate for a badger 5 disposal in the Cincinnati area.. yes it takes about an 1/2 to install a unit and you have to remember your most likely paying a trip fee which covers Truck Fuel, Insurance, maintenance and small supplies too little to list on a bill. Seeing other posts here about $260.00 being a rip off,,try doing it yourself and spending a whole weekend and three trips to the hardware store... I think that is a fair price !
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garbage disposal and install
Amount: $265.00 total
Posted by: #sucker in scottsdale, AZ.Posted: November 3rd, 2014 09:11AM
Brand: no nameInstaller: local plumber
I feel I got ripped off. Guy was here 20 minutes took out the old one and replaced with a new one with no brand name that can see. He didn't even break down the charges on the bill. Just a flat 265.00..replacement cost of one i had not more than $100.00 feeling like an idiot and won't be calling them again..
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Garbage disposal purchase and installation
Amount: $266.00 total
Posted by: MGJames in Beaumont, TX.Posted: October 27th, 2014 09:10PM
Brand: InsinkeratorInstaller: Lowe's
Local plumber quoted price of $400 to install plus cost of garbage disposal. I went to Lowe's and got disposal for $179 plus tax . Installation by Lowe' was $75.Very happy I checked around.
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Garbage Disposal Installation & Purchase
Amount: $350.00 total
Posted by: DavidinAZ in Scottsdale, AZ.Posted: October 3rd, 2012 09:10PM
Brand: InSinkerator BADGER 15SSInstaller: plumber
Bought middle ground stainless steel blade model available at Lowes. Got a small local plumber who overcharged me, I believe. $212 with tax for installation only, incl. new $25 strainer for the sink. Approx. 1 hour work for two guys.
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garbage disposal
Amount: $125.00 total
Posted by: Cozmo in Jupiter, FL.Posted: August 8th, 2012 07:08AM
Brand: in sink eratorInstaller:
I bought it at home depot for $179 and then it was $125 to install. i tried to do it myself but couldn't get the pipes disconnected. Seemed like an easy job on youtube.
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Garbage disposal
Amount: $584.00 total
Posted by: Jen P in Severn, MD.Posted: October 16th, 2011 08:10AM
Brand: InSinkeratorInstaller: MyPlumber.com
I think I got ripped off. I called thinking it could maybe be repaired, but they said it would need to be replaced. This was the cost for the new disposal and installation, even with my teacher's discount.
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Garbage disposal
Amount: $225.00 total
Posted by: Donavan C in Boise, ID.Posted: September 28th, 2010 03:09PM
Brand: InSinkeratorInstaller: Donavan
Insinkerator from Lowes $100 + $10 tax. Old disposer difficult to remove. About 2 hours total. $100 Labor.
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Garbage disposal installation
Amount: $490.00 total
Posted by: ChrisJR in Philadelphia, PA.Posted: August 21st, 2010 11:08AM
Brand: InsinkeratorInstaller: Plumber
Bought the Insinkerator from Lowes for $199 + $15 tax. Installation by a plumber cost $275, but he also had to replace corroded inlet water pipes. About 1.5 hours total.
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hosed
Amount: $600.00 total
Posted by: a user in alexandria, VA.Posted: July 31st, 2010 06:07AM
Brand: Installer: CroppMetcalfe
got completely hosed... this company charged me 600 bucks for disposal purchase and installation. the guy was here for 45 minutes. wish i had seen this website prior to my appointment but maybe this will help someone else.
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Garbage Disposal Installation & Purchase
Amount: $255.00 total
Posted by: a user in Riverside, CA.Posted: March 30th, 2010 08:03PM
Brand: InsinkeratorInstaller: Plumber
Garbage Disposal: $180

Installation: $75
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External Resources:
  1.  www.askthebuilder.com/septic-tank-garbage-disposal/
  2.  www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/install-garbage-disposal.html
  3.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/video/0,,1631568,00.html
  4.  www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servlet/ContentView?pn=Disposers_Accessories&langId=-1...
  5.  products.geappliances.com/ApplProducts/html/GEAResults.htm#Category=Disposers
  6.  www.insinkerator.com/en-us/Household-Products/Garbage-Disposers/Pages/default.aspx
  7.  www.whirlpool.com/Kitchen-1/Kitchen_Dishwasher__Cleaning_Disposers-3/102110039/
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