Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen can help prevent plumbing issues like drain clogs. Your garbage disposal can prevent these clogs by grinding up anything that falls into it. One of the most common questions we are asked often is “how long does it take to install a garbage disposal?” Here we take a look at how garbage disposals are installed and how long it can take.
On average it takes between two and four hours for a professional installer to install a new garbage disposal. This includes taking measurements to position the disposal, removing pipes, installing the disposal, and fitting new pipes to make the whole system work again. This process requires precision to make sure that all of the pipes fit without giving up all of your storage space.
Unless you already have a power connection available, you need an electrician to install one for the garbage disposal. This includes connecting it to a switch, so an existing connection that is not specifically made for it is likely the only option that will work without needing more help from an electrician.
Experienced plumbers can complete the install relatively quickly however, it is possible to install a garbage disposal yourself. The key is knowing what to do and how to avoid problems like leaks, water hammers, and drainage issues. If you plan on doing it yourself, do your research first and give yourself plenty of time to work on it.
Garbage disposals, like any other appliance, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, which also impacts the price. There are garbage disposals that start at $100 and can go up to more than $1,000. How much you spend on a unit largely depends on your needs and how much space you have. The positioning of your sink and drain pipes plays an important role in how large your disposal can be.
A garbage disposal replacement will likely take less time than a garbage disposal installation. It depends on how the old and new disposals compare to each other. If they are a close fit, then it should be easy to replace one with the other.
Installing a garbage disposal doesn’t have to take long, but you should leave it to an experienced plumber to avoid any problems. Get help installing your garbage disposal from Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric. We have technicians available to help you with any plumbing problem that you may have. Call us at 1-800-475-1504 to schedule your appointment and get that garbage disposal installed correctly.
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