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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Garbage Disposal in Minneapolis

If you’re looking to install a new garbage disposal, you’re probably researching how much it will cost you.

The cost to install a garbage disposal in Minneapolis ranges from $350 - $1,000 with an average cost of $550. 

We know this is a pretty wide price gap. However, the cost of a garbage disposal installation depends on several factors, such as:

  • The type of garbage disposal
  • The type of material
  • The size of the motor
  • Whether you DIY or hire a professional

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at each of these factors and how they can impact the cost to install your new garbage disposal.

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Cost factor #1: The type of garbage disposal

The cost to have your garbage disposal installed depends on the type of garbage disposal that you choose for your home.

The two main types of garbage disposals include:

  1. Continuous feed
  2. Batch feed 

Both disposals send waste through your sewer or septic system, but each has a different way of operating. We’ll explain how.

Continuous feed:

Continuous feed garbage disposals are more common and cost less. 

As the name suggests, continuous feed garbage disposals run continuously from the moment you power them on to the moment you switch them off. As long as the power switch is ON, the unit will continue to dispose of large amounts of waste without stopping.

So, if you have large amounts of food waste to dispose of, the ability to keep the disposal running and continuously add more waste means you can get the job done faster—which makes continuous feed disposals more efficient.

Batch feed:

Batch feed garbage disposals are not as common and cost more.

Unlike continuous feed disposals, batch feed disposals don’t turn on with just a manual switch. Instead, batch feed models require you to place a stopper lid in the mouth of the disposal to switch the unit on. 

However, batch feed disposals have an advantage when it comes to safety. For example, the stopper can keep foreign objects from falling into the disposal while it’s operating. The stopper can also prevent curious small children from putting their hands in the garbage disposal while it’s running.

Cost factor #2: The type of material 

Better quality material will cost more. However, garbage disposals made with better material can save you money in the long run.

Garbage disposals are typically made with two kinds of material:

  1. Stainless steel
  2. Galvanized steel

Stainless steel 

Garbage disposals made with stainless steel are more expensive, but they are more durable and can last significantly longer than disposals made with galvanized steel. In most cases, stainless steel units are primarily used by high-volume households and commercial establishments.

Galvanized steel

Galvanized steel garbage disposals, on the other hand, are cheaper than stainless steel units. However, galvanized steel is more susceptible to rust and corrosion due to constant exposure to moisture. Corrosion and rust can eventually cause the unit to leak.

Cost factor #3: The size of the motor

The stronger the motor, the more it will cost to install your garbage disposal.

The size of the motor on a garbage disposal is measured in horsepower (HP). Typically, garbage disposals have four different motor sizes to choose from, such as:

  • ⅓  HP
  • ½ HP
  • ¾ HP
  • 1 HP 

The size of the motor you need for your home depends on how often you use the disposal and how many people are in your household.

⅓ HP motors are the weakest, but most affordable option available. Generally, people only purchase a ⅓ horsepower unit if they rarely use their disposals. But when the disposal is used, a ⅓ motor should only dispose of softer foods. ⅓ horsepower motors are ideal for households with 1-2 people.

½ HP is the minimum horsepower recommended for typical home use. A ½ horsepower disposal is suitable for light use. ½ horsepower motors are a better option for households with anywhere from 1-4 people.

¾ HP is an ideal size for most kitchens. A ¾  horsepower garbage disposal has plenty of power to handle nearly anything it’s fed. Also, with this much horsepower, your disposal won’t jam as easily. ¾ horsepower units are also ideal for 2-4 person households.

1 HP motors are the most powerful and most expensive. 1 horsepower disposals generally have a capacity for more waste and are very difficult to jam. 1 horsepower motors are better suited for households with 6+ people and/or kitchens with frequent, heavy use.

Cost factor #4: Whether you DIY or hire a professiona

Having a professional install your garbage disposal will raise the overall cost of your installation.

But beware: By attempting to install the garbage disposal yourself, you risk losing more money in the long run.

How? Well, forgetting or skipping simple steps like turning off the water supply can cause serious damage. Also, forgetting to switch off any electrical connections can be damaging and quite dangerous.

A professional can ensure that all connections are secure, and the installation is done to the manufacturer's specifications. For new installations that involve plumbing and electrical work, hiring a professional is strongly recommended.

Plus, if you have a professional install the unit for you, the service will often be backed by a labor warranty. A labor warranty can come in handy down the road if the unit needs repairs. 

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