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Updated: September 8, 2021

Sprinkler System Repair Costs

The cost to repair a sprinkler system ranges from $131 and $390, averaging $257. Professional plumbers typically charge around $50 to $100 per hour for labor.

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National Average $257
Typical Range $131 - $390
Low End - High End $60 - $755

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2. Sprinkler Repair Costs Per Hour

Average Cost Per Hour$75
Lowest Cost Per Hour$50
Highest Cost Per Hour$100

Plumbers usually charge about $50 to $100 per hour plus the cost of parts to repair your sprinkler system. Many pros have a minimum charge of one hour of work and bill by the quarter- or half-hour once the minium is met.

the average cost to repair a sprinkler system is $260 or $60 to $750.

3. Irrigation Repair Price List

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 their labor rates.

Irrigation Repair Parts Price List
PartTypical Price
Head$2.50 - $30
Valve$12.50 - $150
Backflow Preventer$125 - $900
Pipe$0.63 - $3
Connections$0.63 - $7.50
Timer$37.50 - $450
Wiring (per foot)$0.50 - $1.50

a. Sprinkler Head Replacement Cost

Replacing a sprinkler head costs $2.50 to $30 per item, in addition to $50 to $100 per hour to hire a pro.

TypeCostRange 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

b. Sprinkler Valve Replacement Cost

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.

c. 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.

d. 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.

e. Zone & Timer Rewiring

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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4. Sprinkler System Removal Costs & 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.

5. FAQs

a. How do you know if you need your sprinkler repaired or replaced?

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

b. How can I maintain my sprinkler system to avoid damage?

You may be able to avoid hundreds of dollars 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

c. Can I DIY repair my sprinkler?

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.

d. How much does it cost to install or replace a sprinkler system?

p>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.

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