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New Fridge Cost

Installing a new fridge costs $1,500 on average, which includes both the price of the fridge and cost of labor. Homeowners could pay as little as $800 or as much as $12,000 or more for this appliance, but most pay between $1,000 and $2,000.

Installation costs depend on two factors:

  1. Type of fridge: certain models (like built-in fridges) are more expensive.
  2. Type of installation: putting in a new outlet or water line costs more.

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Cost to Install a Refrigerator

Average Cost$1,500
High Cost$12,000+
Low Cost$800

Average Cost of a Refrigerator

Refrigerators typically cost between $1,000 and $2,000, but prices vary based on the type you get. A brushed steel, Energy Star fridge with a freezer on top is $500; a stainless steel Whirlpool model with French doors is $1,900.

Type of FridgeAverage Price Range
Freezer on top$390-$1,000
Freezer on bottom$1,000-$2,500
French doors$1,200-$2,600
Side by side$950-$2,400
No freezer$580-$1,490
Smart fridge$2,000-$4,100

Some other price factors to keep in mind include the finish type (stainless steel is usually more expensive) and enhancements, such as an ice and water dispenser.

Smart fridges have grown in popularity in the past few years. They are the priciest models but come equipped with WiFi, touchscreens, internal cameras and other features. You can sync up smartphones or tablets to program, monitor and control these smart appliances as well.

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Refrigerator Water Line Installation Cost

The price to install a water line ranges from $70 to $130. However, if your new fridge doesn’t have an ice maker or water dispenser, you can skip this step. You also won’t need a water line if the model you’re replacing already had an ice and water dispenser.

Having ice and water readily available is a huge convenience that many homeowners think is worth the extra costs. If you decide to go this route, hire a plumber for water line installation.

Built-In Refrigerator Installation Cost

Installing a built-in fridge costs between $2,900 and $6,130, including both labor and the appliance itself. Built-in models are among the most expensive refrigerators and cost more to install (anywhere from $130 to $3,900). High-end costs are more likely if your installation requires extensive cabinet remodeling.

Here are some additional costs you might need to consider when getting a built-in fridge:

DIY Installing New Fridge Cost vs. Hiring A Professional

Although you don’t want to risk any injuries, you might be able to install a fridge that doesn’t need a water line by yourself. That being said, most modern refrigerators have these features built in and require the help of a professional. Built-in models almost certainly require a pro for proper fitting and any necessary remodeling.

The labor for installing an appliance costs$150 to $250. This is a pretty small price to pay to ensure both your health and a working fridge.

FAQs

How do you install a refrigerator?

These are the steps that a professional will take to make sure your fridge is properly installed:

  1. Inspect the area where you want the fridge to go (make sure you get one that fits!)
  2. Measure the air gap as specified by the manufacturer before bringing it in.
  3. Unload the fridge and use moving equipment (such as a dolly) to get it inside.
  4. Connect to power and water lines.
  5. Maneuver the fridge into the right spot, leaving 2 inches ofspace from the back wall.

Does a fridge need a water line?

A refrigerator only needs a water line if it’s dispensing water and/or ice. Older models usually don’t have these features and as a result, don’t need a water line.

What is a built-in fridge?

A built-in fridge fits in line with your kitchen’s cabinets. Instead of sticking out like most fridges, it’s built into the cabinetry. The result is a sleeker look and a more spacious kitchen.

Full-size built-in fridges have become more common but you can also find smaller ones that fit beneath an island or countertop.

When should you replace your refrigerator?

It’s a good idea to replace a refrigerator if it’s old and in need of repair. While some repairs might buy you more time, you’re probably better off buying a new fridge if it’s at least 10 years old and no longer working.

Refrigerators last an average of 14 years with a life expectancy ranging between 10 and 18 years. High-end models cost more upfront but typically last longer; lower quality fridges might only last 8 to 10 years. Contact a refrigerator service pro near you to see if replacing or repairing is your best bet.

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