The average lifespan of a garbage disposal is 12 years, so if an older unit starts acting up, it might be time for a new one. Whether you're tackling a brand new install or replacing an existing unit, homeowners should take into account several factors when selecting a new garbage disposal for their kitchen sink.
|What you can expect|
|Range per disposal:||$426.61||$500.76|
|Range for this type of project:||$427||$501|
Garbage Disposal Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for a complete installation. Existing unit will be disconnected. Replacement unit will be leveled and secured, and connected to existing electrical supply. Optimal operation will be verified. Rate is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup will be provided.
Garbage Disposal Job Supplies
Requisite supplies for the job, including connectors, fittings, and mounting hardware.
Option: Add AFCI Circuit Protection
Circuit power will be shut off and existing circuit break removed. New 15A or 20A Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt breaker will be installed. Power will be restored and optimal operation verified. Available for systems compatible with AFCI breakers.
|cost to replace a garbage disposal|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per disposal||$230.49|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 disposal||$456.26|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 disposal||$419.77 - $492.74|
There are two basic types of garbage disposals: continuous feed or batch feed. Batch feed models require the use of a stopper to cover the sink drain before and during operation to prevent foreign objects from falling in. They are generally more expensive but may be quieter to operate.
The more common type, a continuous feed garbage disposal, is operated by a wall-mounted switch that turns on when you switch it on and will continue to run until it is switched off. Typically, cold water is run during operation to help with waste cleanout.
Many garbage disposal models aren't designed to operate with septic systems, but some models are septic-safe because they include a specialized enzyme treatment formula that helps to break down waste as it's drained. You may have to have your septic pumped more frequently, though, such as every two years instead of three to four.
When shopping for a new garbage disposal, look for useful features such as: