The cost to install an appliance depends on several factors including where you purchase the appliance, where you intend to install it and how you intend to install it. The average cost of appliance installation is $115 and $273, though it can significantly decline or increase in price. For new home builds or large appliance purchases from a home improvement or furniture store, installation may be included in the cost of the appliance.
However, if you purchase your appliance in some other way, you may need to hire a pro to install it for you. Likewise, for custom installations requiring additional expertise, a pro is the way to go.
What Type of Appliance Are You Installing?
The level of difficulty in installing an appliance varies according to appliance type. Each appliance comes with its own installation considerations. These considerations are discussed here for the following typical kitchen and laundry room appliances:
If you choose a refrigerator without an automatic ice maker, considerations include ensuring that your new appliance will fit in the space you have for it and ensuring that the plug on the refrigerator is compatible with the outlet where it will be plugged in. Installation then involves simply plugging the appliance in and maneuvering it into place.
For models that include an ice maker, you must also be certain that you have a water and plumbing hookup to attach the ice maker. If you do not have such a hookup, a plumber will charge $65 to $150 for labor to install one, depending on the amount of time it takes the plumber to get the job done.
If the hookup is there already and you need a pro to help you install the refrigerator, expect to pay $116 to $200 for the labor.
When choosing a microwave, it is important to consider where your microwave will be. If you intend to set it on a counter, size matters less. However, if you want to mount it over your stove, you must ensure that the microwave you choose will fit in the space you have. The cost of mounting a microwave over your stove is $115 to $200 for labor, on average.
The cost for installing a dishwasher varies according to whether it is a new installation or a replacement of an existing dishwasher. New installation may involve additional wiring, plumbing, and customization of countertops to accommodate the new dishwasher. Costs for a completely new dishwasher installation are $171 to $517 for labor, with most homeowners paying $346 to get the job done.
If you are replacing an existing dishwasher, installation may include minor adjustments to countertops, wiring, or plumbing. Typical labor costs are $150 to $463, with most homeowners paying $313.
For electric stoves, installation costs are $98 to $182 for labor, depending on the electrical requirements involved. If electrical changes are needed, expect to pay an electrician $50 to $100 per hour for labor.
For gas stoves, installation costs are $100 to $125 if there are already supply lines installed for the gas. If new lines must be installed, the costs can go up to $200 or more.
If you need a stove hood or vent installed, the cost is $166 to $284, depending on the complexity of the job.
If you already have all the electrical (or gas) and plumbing lines installed and proper venting in place, a washer and dryer can be installed for $50 to $150. However, if you are starting from scratch, expect prices to range from $350 to $1250 or more, depending on where your washer will be in relation to existing plumbing and electrical outlets.
Some choose to install their washers and dryers in the kitchen, either for convenience or because they lack the space for a dedicated laundry room. In this case, plumbing and electrical will likely be simpler, but you may also opt for new cabinets to hide the appliances when they’re not in use, which will add a few hundred dollars to the job.
The 21st century has seen advancements in the field of home appliances. Now, “smart” technology can be seen in refrigerators, microwaves, washers, dryers, ovens and dishwashers. While installation costs for smart appliances might be more expensive or the same cost -- depending on which ones you install -- it is important to choose a pro that understands the intricacies of smart appliances and can help you understand how best to use them.
Then you should look at apps to manage your smart home appliances. Most smart home innovations have an app plugin that you can use to control the appliances while you’re away from home. Look at apps from companies like Pebble and iControl to see if your appliances can be linked with them.
Installation costs may be included when you purchase your new appliances from a large home improvement or furniture store. If you purchase your appliances elsewhere, plan on hiring a licensed, bonded, and insured pro to be certain that the appliance is properly installed and working correctly.