Refrigerator Installation Cost

In this guide

Refrigerator types
Refrigerator brands
Installation costs
DIY
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to install a refrigerator?

Refrigerators are an integral part of every kitchen, whether indoor or outdoor. Without a refrigerator, you have no way of storing perishables and keeping your food safe, making the installation of a new fridge an important step in any kitchen design.

There are numerous types of refrigerators on the market today. Each has its own benefits and configuration; some will work better than others in your space, some will fit your lifestyle more than others, and some may simply be a personal choice. Most refrigerators are installed similarly to one another, excepting those that have special features such as built-in ice makers or water dispensers. Even these, however, generally do not take a significant amount of time or money to install over another. 

On average, installing a refrigerator on a main level with ice maker and appliance removal costs $370. However, the price will be higher ($420) if the refrigerator is installed in an area without plumbing or a second floor.

Refrigerator types

Refrigerators can be broken down by type based on their configuration:

Refrigerator TypeCharacteristicsCost Range
Compact

A small refrigerator made to fit under the counter

May have a small built in freezer compartment

$110 to $1,500
Top FreezerTwo doors with the freezer located above the main section$400 to $2,000
FreezerlessA full-sized refrigerator with no freezer$650 to $1,800
Side-by-SideTwo doors with equal freezer and fridge compartments located beside one another$750 to $3,900
Bottom FreezerTwo doors with the freezer located below the main section$850 - $2,400
French DoorThree doors, two side-by-side for the fridge with the freezer located below$1,200 to $3,500
Counter Depth/Built-In 1

Available in different configurations

Does not extend further into the kitchen than your counter

Good for small spaces

$1,500 to $3,900


Refrigerator brands

In addition to the type of refrigerator available, you may also want to consider specific brands. Some brands offer different sizes or features not available from others, which can make them a better fit with your kitchen or lifestyle:

BrandProsConsAverage Cost
FrigidaireVery user friendly with lots of optionsVery average appliance with no special features$400 - $1,700
Whirlpool

Easy to clean, lots of storage options

Low cost

Uses a little more energy to keep food fresh

$400 - $2,400
GE

Very easy to use

Low cost

May have thermostat 2 issues$400 - $3,000
KenmoreLarger fridge options/family friendly sizesToo many shelves/drawers to be really useful$450 - $2,500
MaytagSpecial features available such as preset water dispensingNot as many drawers/shelves as other brands$600 - $3,000
LGLots of smart features availableDoor storage can be clunky and strange$997 - $3,000
SamsungLots of flexibility and storagePlain, not a lot of high end features for the cost$997 - $4,400
KitchenaidDoors are easy to keep clutter free, lots of door options availableCan be pricey$1500 - $8,000
ElectroluxLots of useable space insideQuality is not as good as the price conveys$1,700 - $2,100
Sub-ZeroProfessional look and sizingVery pricey$5,500 - $15,000

Installation costs

Most refrigerators are made to sit in a specific spot within the kitchen. Because not all refrigerators are the same size, or open the same way, it’s important that measurements be taken prior to purchasing or attempting to install the appliance to get the best fit.

Most measurements are taken by the homeowner, particularly if replacing an existing refrigerator with a new one; if having a new kitchen designed, the kitchen designer or contractor will usually plan for a specific sized appliance at the time the drawings are made.

Measurements should be taken from side to side, front to back, and up and down in at least two places each to ensure that the new refrigerator will fit. Door swing should also be considered; a door must be able to swing out to at least 90 degrees to allow full access into the unit.

Installation itself depends largely on the location of the refrigerator and the type you have purchased. Some units only need to be moved into place and plugged in. Some will require plumbing nearby and to have a hose connected as well. Built-in 1 units will need to be anchored or screwed both the wall behind the appliance and to the cabinets themselves.

The average cost to have a refrigerator installed is around $139. If you need a water line run to the refrigerator for an ice maker or water dispenser, this is an additional cost of about $127. If your refrigerator needs to be installed on a second floor or higher, this can add about $30 to $40 to the total cost of installation.

Outdoor refrigerator installation runs about the same cost providing that you already have a grounded outlet and or water line run. If not, you can expect to pay at least $150 more to have the refrigerator installed outside.

If you are installing the refrigerator in an area that has no current electrical or plumbing installed, you may also need the services of a plumber if you plan on installing a fridge with an ice maker or electrician to run the wiring before you can have the installer put in the appliance. Expect to pay an electrician about $65 - $85 an hour for the work, and a plumber around $45 to $65 an hour.

DIY

It’s generally recommended that you have a professional install the refrigerator for you, even if you are replacing an existing unit with no need for a water line. This is most due to the size and weight of the appliance, but you may also need to ensure that the unit is on its own dedicated, grounded outlet and that it fits correctly with no need for leveling 3 or adjusting once in.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • One of the more popular options in kitchens today is the use of smart appliances, including the smart refrigerator, which often includes a touch-screen for operating the appliance, as well as keeping things like calendars, videos, and home controls handy. Smart refrigerators may require programming during installation, but this can usually be done by the homeowner to your specifications. Costs range from $3,000 to $6,000 on average.

Additional considerations and costs

Discounts

There are occasionally discounts available on things such as delivery when you purchase both the appliance and the installation from the same company, such as Home Depot. You may also get better pricing on both the refrigerator and the installation if you purchase the appliance as part of a package deal with other appliance such as a stove, microwave, and dishwasher. It’s also common for the installation of the appliances to be discounted or combined with other work during a kitchen renovation.

Elevator access

If you are having your refrigerator installed on an upper floor in a building with an elevator, you may get a discount on the labor costs of bringing the refrigerator inside. Expect to pay at least $50 more for installation in a building where there is no elevator.

Extended warranties

Most appliance sellers will offer you the option of purchasing an extended warranty on your new refrigerator. This may cost $50 to $300 on average, but can help protect your appliance from defects or other issues for two or more years after the initial warranty ends.

Removal and disposal fees

If you are replacing an old refrigerator with a new one, your installer may take away the old appliance for you. Sometimes this is included in the cost; Home Depot offers removal at no additional cost if you are having your appliance installed by them. Other times you may be subject to a removal fee of $100. Always ask your installer if you need to have the old appliance removed.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Built-in: An item of furniture, such as a bookcase or set of cabinets, that is built directly into the structure of the room. Built-ins are therefore customized to the room and not detachable
2 Thermostat: A device that senses and regulates temperature by turning heating and cooling devices on and off
3 Leveling: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.

Cost to install a refrigerator varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boise, ID
-11%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Charleston, SC
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clifton, NJ
+27%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Durham, NC
-1%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Garden Grove, CA
+20%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntington Beach, CA
+24%
Kent, WA
+9%
Livingston, NJ
+32%
Miami, FL
+1%
Middletown, OH
-3%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Moreno Valley, CA
-6%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Oceanside, CA
+8%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Raleigh, NC
-3%
Riverside, CA
+13%
Rochester, NY
+6%
Roseville, CA
+6%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Rosa, CA
+8%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Silver Spring, MD
+25%
Sunnyvale, CA
+31%
Vacaville, CA
+5%
Washington, DC
+23%
Woodbridge, VA
+2%

Labor cost in your zipcode

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