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How Much Does it Cost to Install an Appliance?

As you look for new appliances to update your home or to replace defunct units, you may find that installation can be challenging. Although options like a refrigerator or freezer may be simple enough to fit into an existing space and plug in, modern units may provide advanced features that require special connections. Additionally, contemporary appliances can be designed with larger dimensions than a given space will allow. Whether you need help in renovating your kitchen to accommodate oversized appliances or whether you are replacing a system that involves plumbing and electrical wiring, you may need the help of an installation professional.

National Install an Appliance Costs

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National Install an Appliance Costs
Average reported cost $188
Number of Cost Profiles 4450 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $51
Maximum reported cost $550
Most homeowners spent between: $130 to $187

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Installation Services with Purchase and Delivery

One of the best ways to keep the costs down for the installation of complicated systems like a dishwasher or garbage disposal is to purchase your unit from a company that offers free installation. Some companies also offer disposal services for old units, which is helpful if you don't have the equipment to carry a large appliance to the dump. When installation costs are included with your purchase, you are ensured of correct placement and secure connections with backing of the company's guarantee policy.

Preparing an Area for Appliance Installation

If structural work is required to accommodate your new appliance, you may need to enlist the help of a carpenter to make adjustments in your kitchen space. For example, defined refrigerator areas can be too small for oversized units. You might need the help of a plumber to run water lines to facilitate water and ice dispensing. Selection of a range with an oversized oven may require some changes to your cabinetry. If you are thinking about updating your kitchen island by adding a cook top, you may also require the help of an electrician for wiring. You can save the cost of installation by doing work on your own. However, if you aren't confident about some aspect of technical work required for the installation, it's wise to work with a general contractor to handle the update safely.

Planning a New Kitchen for Various Appliance Needs

If you are in the planning stages for a kitchen addition, expansion or renovation, it's important to consider appliance dimensions as the blueprints are created. Costs may be lower if you do the work yourself, but it's important to comply with building codes for major structural changes. Remodeling software or books could help you to plan your update more efficiently to keep material loss and costs to a minimum.

Last updated on May 5, 2016

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