How Much Does it Cost to Install a Garbage Disposal in Florida?

May 18, 2018

In need of a new garbage disposal?

The cost to install a garbage disposal in Florida ranges anywhere from $325 to $1,000.

That’s a pretty big range—we know. But the reason there’s such a big range is because the cost depends on the following factors:

  1. The type of garbage disposal you choose
  2. The special features you add
  3. The condition of your kitchen’s electrical wiring
  4. The plumber you hire

Let’s go into each of these cost factors in more detail...

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Cost factor #1: The type of garbage disposal you get

Garbage disposals are divided into 2 types:

  1. Continuous feed (less expensive)
  2. Batch feed (more expensive)

For most homes, a continuous garbage disposal will work just fine. Continuous feed garbage disposals are the most common type of disposal. How they work is really simple: When the switch is turned ON, they run at a constant speed until you turn the switch OFF again.

However, if you have little kids at home and you’re concerned about safety, you may want to consider a batch feed garbage disposal. These disposals don’t have an ON/OFF switch, but are instead activated by pressing a stopper into your drain, which protects fingers or hands from being near the disposal blades.

Cost factor #2: The special features you add

Once you choose what type of garbage disposal you want, you can add advanced features that will upgrade your garbage disposal. Of course, these features all cost extra, so they’ll make the total install cost more expensive.

Special garbage disposal features include...

  • Stainless steel composition: Stainless steel garbage disposals are very durable and will last a long time, but they’re also more expensive than disposals made of less-durable metals like aluminum.
  • Auto-reverse setting: Some garbage disposals come with this setting, which reverses the direction the blades spin to clear waste. This protects the blades so they don’t wear out as fast.
  • Higher horsepower: Horsepower (HP) measures how powerful a garbage disposal is. Garbage disposal HP ranges from ⅓ to 1, but for most single-family homes a ½ or ¾ HP unit will work just fine. If you have a large family or do a lot of cooking, you may consider a 1 HP garbage disposal.
  • Noise canceling features: Sound shielding and anti-vibration technology will make your garbage disposal a lot quieter, but models with these features are also more expensive.
  • Extended warranty: Most disposals come with at least a 1-year warranty, but if you buy one with a lifetime warranty (15+ years), it will probably be more expensive.

Cost factor #3: The condition of your kitchen’s electrical wiring

Garbage disposal electrical wiring under sink

The electrical wiring and plumbing connections of a garbage disposal

If the following situations apply to you, then the total cost of installing a garbage disposal will be greater:

  • Your wiring is old and and outdated, which means it needs to be replaced before installing the new garbage disposal
  • You need to add a grounded outlet to power the disposal (if you don’t already have one)

Cost factor #4: The plumber you hire

Who you hire will also determine how much you’ll pay for a new garbage disposal installation.

Some plumbers charge more for their services than others, but that’s usually an indication of their quality. Generally speaking, more experienced plumbers will charge more for their services.

But that also means they’ll do a better job, which will save you from unnecessary expenses (in the form of frequent repairs) down the road.

To find a high-quality plumber, make sure they...

  • Operate out of a building, not just a truck
  • Have been in business for 10+ years
  • Are licensed and insured, in case there’s an accident on the job
  • Have good customer reviews on sites like Better Business Bureau, Google and Yelp
  • Offer a written estimate so you can make sure they don’t oversell you later

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