Everything You Need to Know About Dishwasher Installation Costs
Washing dishes by hand isn't anyone's idea of fun, so it's hardly surprising that many homeowners choose to outsource this daily task to a dishwasher.
However, it's all too easy to forget installation fees when considering your budget for a new appliance.
How much it costs to install a dishwasher depends on whether you're replacing an existing appliance or installing a dishwasher for the first time.
According to HomeGuide, dishwasher installation costs $200 on average if you have the plumbing already in place, excluding the cost of the unit itself. However, you could pay anywhere between $145 and $485 for the project. Your contractor may charge toward the upper end of the scale if you need to modify your plumbing or countertops to accommodate your new appliance.
Installing a dishwasher for the first time is more expensive because you'll need to install supply and drainage pipes. You'll also need to install new wiring and possibly adapt your existing cabinetry. Overall, you should expect to pay between $175 and $525. Independent contractors may also charge you for installation supplies, costing an additional $5 to $23 per item.
The primary factor affecting how much dishwasher installation costs is whether you require additional plumbing, carpentry or electrical services before hooking up the appliance. Average prices for contractors providing dishwasher installation services include:
- Carpenter: $75 per hour
- Plumber: $86 per hour
- Electrician: $80 per hour
However, going rates for tradespeople depend partly on where you live. Generally, contractors charge higher rates in places with high living costs, such as cities and suburban areas. Meanwhile, you could pay significantly less for dishwasher installation if you live in an affordable location.
Sometimes, you can purchase dishwasher installation services from the same store that sold you the appliance. Using your store's installation services is often cheaper than hiring an independent contractor. Depending on the store, installation might even be free.
However, a store's quoted prices usually only apply to straightforward installations where the dishwasher fits into the existing space and you have suitable plumbing and wiring already installed. Most stores don't accept more complex jobs involving carpentry or electrical work.
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Installing a dishwasher yourself is generally straightforward, especially if you have a plug-in dishwasher. Therefore, many homeowners do the job themselves to save money.
It's essential to switch off the electricity and water supply before removing your old dishwasher and keep it turned off throughout the installation process. Follow the manufacturer's installation instructions thoroughly to ensure you connect the wiring and plumbing correctly.
However, DIY dishwasher installation is only an option if your new dishwasher will go into place without needing to modify your plumbing, cabinetry or electric wiring. If not, it's usually best to call a professional. You should also consider hiring a plumber if you're not confident in your ability to install the dishwasher correctly. Incorrect installation could cause leaks, floods and electrical issues, potentially costing significantly more to fix than paying someone knowledgeable to hook up your dishwasher in the first place.
Companies typically charge between $60 and $155 to haul away and dispose of an old dishwasher. However, many stores and suppliers offer cheaper appliance disposal as an add-on service if you purchase the dishwasher from them and have their technicians install it. On average, these services cost around $20.
Alternatively, you could potentially save money by disposing of your old dishwasher yourself at a municipal recycling center. Many centers charge a small recycling fee, and these vary between areas. You could also try contacting a local scrap dealer to see if they can remove your appliance. Some dealers will remove your dishwasher for free if the components are of use to them, while others charge a fee.
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