The cost to install a garbage disposal in Idaho is around $500, but the cost can range from $378 to $1,000.
Wondering what it will cost you?
Well, your particular garbage disposal installation cost depends on the following cost factors:
- The type of garbage disposal you get
- Your kitchen’s electrical wiring
- The plumbing contractor you hire
Let’s go into more detail about each of these factors so you can get a better idea of what you’ll pay for a new garbage disposal…
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Cost factor #1: The type of garbage disposal you get
You can buy two types of garbage disposal units: continuous feed (less expensive) and batch feed (more expensive).
Continuous feed (less expensive)
Continuous feed garbage disposals are the most common, and the type most plumbers recommend. They’re wired to an ON and OFF switch, found either under the sink or on a nearby wall. In the ON position, the disposal runs at a constant speed which allows you to grind food waste as fast as you can work.
Choose this garbage disposal type if:
You’re less concerned about safety and more concerned about getting a disposal that is highly efficient but still affordable.
Batch feed (more expensive)
Batch feed garbage disposals do not have an ON/OFF switch. Instead, they’re activated when you press the stopper into your drain, which adds another layer of safety (so fingers don’t accidently find themselves in the drain).
The other difference between continuous feed and batch feed is that batch feed disposals only crush the food in batches (hence the name)—not all at once like a continuous feed garbage disposal.
Choose this garbage disposal type if:
You have children and/or you’re primarily concerned about safety (because it won’t work without the drain stopper). You’ll also want to choose this style if you don’t already have a wall switch for a disposal. If this is the case, a batch feed disposal will typically be cheaper to install since you won’t have to install/run wiring for a new switch.
Once you choose what type of garbage disposal you want, you can add advanced features like:
- Higher horsepower: Higher horsepower (the measurement of a garbage disposal’s “power”) disposals are more expensive, but they grind food waste faster and more thoroughly which can help prevent system clogs. Your typical garbage disposal horsepower (HP) ranges from ⅓ to 1. Below is a list of recommended horsepower based on home size:
- Studio apartment: ⅓ HP (recommended to only use for soft foods)
- Apartment or small home: ½ HP
- Single family home: ¾ HP (most common horsepower)
- Large home (or really heavy kitchen use): 1 HP
- Better quality metals: Garbage disposals made with durable metals like stainless steel last longer than cheaper models (i.e. those made of aluminum), but they’re also more expensive.
- Noise canceling features: More expensive models will usually incorporate sound mitigating features such as sound shielding and anti-vibration technology.
- Extended warranty: Most disposals come with a 1-year warranty, but if you buy one with a lifetime warranty, it will likely be more expensive.
Note: All of the above advanced features raise the cost of the garbage disposal.
Cost factor #2: Your kitchen’s electrical wiring
Are you installing a garbage disposal for the first time?
If so, you may need to add a grounded outlet to power the garbage disposal if you don’t already have one. This usually adds anywhere from $75 to $150+ to the overall cost of the garbage disposal installation.
Are you replacing an existing garbage disposal?
Though it’s not always necessary, sometimes the plumber may have to repair or update wiring to power the new garbage disposal. This usually costs an additional $50 to $100+.
Cost factor #3: The plumbing contractor you hire
The plumber you hire to install the unit also affects the total price for a new garbage disposal.
Here’s why: Not all contractors charge the same for installs—some charge more; others, less. But generally, better quality plumbers charge more for their services.
Choosing a higher priced plumber usually pays off in the long run, though. You see, better installed garbage disposals don’t break down or need repairs as frequently as poorly installed disposals, which saves you money and lots of hassle down the road.
So, our recommendation is to go with a high-quality contractor.
Follow this checklist to find a good contractor:
- Make sure they have good client reviews (you can find these online on sites like Google reviews and Better Business Bureau)
- Verify they are insured, that way if anything goes wrong on the job, they’re responsible—not you
- Confirm they give written estimates, that way you can hold them accountable to the price they originally quoted you
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