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How Much Does Sprinkler Repair Cost?

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$242
Typical Range
$131 - $374
Low End
$55
High End
$682

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Sprinkler Repair Costs

The cost to repair a sprinkler system ranges from $131 and $374, averaging $242. Replacing sprinkler heads runs $2.50 to $18 per head for most types, plus a range of $50 to $100 per hour for labor by a professional plumber. Valve replacement averages about $12.50 to $40 per valve in addition to labor. Some heads can cost as much as $30 each, and brass valves range to $100 or more.
Sprinkler systems are a great way to maintain your lawn. They take the hassle out of managing it yourself and ensure that the lawn gets evenly watered at the right time of day.
If you start having problems with your system, it can be tough to figure out what to do. Talk to a sprinkler pro to identify and fix the issue quickly.

Sprinkler System Repair Costs per Hour

Plumbers usually charge about $50 to $100 per hour plus the cost of parts to repair your sprinkler system. If you only need one head or valve replaced, you will typically pay for at least one hour of work, in addition to the price of materials. After the first hour, pros usually set labor fees by the quarter-hour.

Irrigation Repair Prices by Type

With a range of $125 to $375, the cost of irrigation repair often depends on the part. Repair for a broken piece usually requires replacement, especially for less-expensive components. Plumbers typically mark up the price they pay for the parts by 25-50%, in addition to the average $50 to $100 per hour for labor.
Irrigation Repair Parts Price List
PartTypical PriceTotal
Head$2-$20$2.50-$30
Valve$10-$100$12.50-$150
Backflow Preventer$100-$600$125-$900
Pipe$0.50-$2$0.63-$3
Connections$0.50-$5$0.63-$7.50
Timer$25-$300$37.50-$450
Wiring (per foot)$0.40-$1$0.50-$1.50

Sprinkler Head Replacement or Repair Costs

Replacing a sprinkler head costs $2.50 to $30 per item, in addition to $50 to $100 per hour to hire a pro.
These parts need regular cleaning, or they may get blocked. If it's a pop-up head, you can take these steps to troubleshoot:
  1. Check to see if any dirt or grass is keeping it from popping up and activating.
  2. Clear the lawn around it and see if that resolves the issue.
  3. If not, try cleaning the head if you feel comfortable doing so.
  4. Contact a pro for assistance if it still doesn't work.
Look around the site to see if water is leaking from the pipe. This may indicate that there is a leak elsewhere in the line, which is often a more complicated and expensive repair.

Sprinkler Valve Replacement or Repair Costs

The cost to replace a sprinkler valve runs about $12.50 to $40 each for most models, plus labor expenses. The valve controls the release of water to the various zones in the yard. Before removing this part, ask a pro to confirm whether the problem results from broken equipment, faulty wiring or both. Sometimes, wiring gets disconnected or damaged, causing valve malfunction. In this case, you may need to pay to fix the wiring, but not necessarily the valve.

Cost to Replace Sprinkler Backflow Preventer

Installing a new backflow preventer costs $125 to $900 for the part, plus $25 to $250 for professional installation. This tool keeps water from flowing back toward the supply source. Annual testing ranges from $50 to $100 and can help ensure that the preventer continues to perform.
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Cost to Repair a Broken Sprinkler Pipe

The price to replace a punctured sprinkler line runs from $1 to $3 per foot of PVC pipe and $1 to $7.50 per connecting piece, such as elbows, not including labor.
In colder temperatures, an improperly-winterized system can cause a pipe to freeze or break. The cost to repair a burst pipe ranges from $150 to $350, not including the expense to fix water damage. This system consists of interconnected pipes both above and below ground, so the location of the burst pipe will impact the price. You'll need to find a plumber who can locate the problem and complete the repair.

Fix Sprinkler Zone & Timer Wiring Issues

Replacing a sprinkler system timer costs $40 to $450, plus labor. Your pro may only need to reprogram or rewire this component instead of replacing it, at an average rate of $50 to $100 per hour. Putting in new wiring for the sprinkler system ranges from $0.50 to $1.50 per foot, in addition to labor charges.
In most cases, your plumber should be able to repair or replace this for you. Sometimes, you may need an electrician. The expense to hire an electrician runs $50 to $100 per hour.
Before making the call, confirm that the timer program is set correctly for each zone. If you feel comfortable doing so, turn off power to the circuit and check the wiring on the controller. Loose or dangling wires may work properly once reconnected. If manual operation of the valves works but the timer does not trigger correct function, you might have a problem with the wiring.
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Sprinkler Head Prices

TypeCostRanger by FootFeatures
Pop-Up$2-$106-15- Fixed & Adjustable
- For Small & Large Spaces
Fixed Spray$2-$155-15- Fixed & 360°
- Large Spaces
Gear-Driven$10-$208-65- Rotating
- Large Yards
Flood$2-$50-5- Fixed & 360°
- Small Lawns
Shrub$1-$55-15- Fixed & Adjustable
- Small
Rotary$5-$2015-35- Rotating
- Large

Lawn Sprinkler System Removal Cost Considerations

If you want to remove your current lawn irrigation system, you will probably pay the average $50 to $100 per hour to have a pro do it. The total price depends on these factors:
  • property size
  • linear feet of existing setup
  • depth and position of pipes
  • how much you intend to change the design
  • if you're going to put in a new one at the same time
Some pros recommend leaving the old plumbing in the ground if it doesn't interfere with other landscaping plans. Talk to a plumber to get an accurate estimate.

Sprinkler Care & Repair Prevention

You may be able to avoid the average $250 in repairs with regular sprinkler maintenance. The cost to maintain a sprinkler system runs about $50 to $120 per service call. Proper care includes:
  • activation in spring
  • winterization in fall
  • regular lawn and landscape trimming
  • cleaning sprinkler heads as needed
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FAQs

How Do I Know If I Need Sprinkler Repair or Replacement?

Most of the time, you'll see problems with your sprinkler system by looking at your yard. You may need to call a pro if you have one of the following concerns:
  • obvious broken or damaged parts
  • dry spots in your yard, despite cleaning sprinkler heads
  • zones that aren't turning on
  • water bubbling around heads
  • equipment more than 20 years old

Who Fixes Sprinkler Systems?

Professional plumbers usually do sprinkler system installation and repair. Not all plumbers offer this work, so you should find one that does.

What's a Cheap Way to Service a Sprinkler?

You can save money on sprinkler repair by calling a pro as soon as you notice a problem. The longer you wait with a plumbing issue, the worse it gets. Otherwise, you can cut down on service calls by learning to do a few basic tasks on your own. If you can reliably clean sprinkler heads and re-attach them, you can often extend their lifespan by a few years.

How Much Does it Cost to Install a New Sprinkler System?

The cost to install a sprinkler system ranges from $1,750 to $3,500, depending on the size of the yard and the complication of the setup. This price typically includes everything from design to testing of the new irrigation.

Are Fire Sprinkler System Costs the Same as Irrigation?

The cost to install a fire sprinkler system runs about $1 to $2 per square foot. These are unique systems with different expenses. In most cases, you'll need to hire a company that specializes in fire protection.

DIY vs. Hiring an Irrigation Service

Hiring a plumber or landscaping pro to perform the sprinkler repair is usually best. It can be difficult to locate the source of the problem and the proper course of action. Doing it on your own may take more time and trial and error to figure out what's going on and what needs replacing.
Overall, the cost to repair will depend on the type of the problem and how extensive it is. A lot of issues can be prevented through proper maintenance and winterizing, as well. Make sure to talk to at least three professionals for a detailed estimate before hiring a sprinkler service pro near you.
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minnie lindsey More than 1 year ago
would it be bestto call a plumber first
Penny Bode More than 1 year ago
I needed a couple of heads replaced, 2 values, the wiring ran to the front timers and a new timer. The cost was $855 which I thought was high but I needed it to work.
Eddie G More than 1 year ago
Was the work competently completed and did you winterize it this year ?!

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