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Refrigerator Installation Cost

Refrigerator Installation Cost

National average
$1,000 - $1,500
(refrigerator, waterline and electrical outlet installed)
Low: $116 - $250

(refrigerator on a ground floor and waterline)

High: $3,000 - $3,900

(built-in refrigerator on a ground floor)

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Refrigerator Installation Cost

National average
$1,000 - $1,500
(refrigerator, waterline and electrical outlet installed)
Low: $116 - $250

(refrigerator on a ground floor and waterline)

High: $3,000 - $3,900

(built-in refrigerator on a ground floor)

Cost to install a refrigerator varies greatly by region (and even by zip code).
Get free estimates from kitchen designers in your city.

The average cost of installing a refrigerator is $1,000 - $1,500​.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Refrigerator?

Every modern kitchen contains a refrigerator. It has become a necessity of life for storing perishable foods at a safe temperature. Most models also have a freezer compartment and many feature an ice maker and water dispenser.

The average cost to install a 24-cubic ft. refrigerator runs from $116-$3,900. This does not include the price of the refrigerator itself, but is strictly the installation cost.

Installation Considerations

When installing a refrigerator, there are several factors to consider, such as location and placement.

The cost to install a refrigerator on a second floor or higher averages an additional $30-$40 per floor.

Many people choose to install a refrigerator outdoors. For an outdoor installation, the price averages $150 if no water line needs to be plumbed. You may need to have your refrigerator installed in an area that lacks an electrical outlet. Having an electrical outlet installed by an electrician will cost an average of $220-$750 each.

When choosing a place to install your refrigerator you will need to measure the space to make sure that there will be at least 2 inches of space around the back, sides, and top of the refrigerator after installation to allow proper airflow around the unit.


The size of the refrigerator does not dictate the installation price. Most refrigerators, regardless of size, cost the same amount to install.

The prices of refrigerators vary depending on the unit's size and if it is white, black, or stainless steel.


Compact or beverage refrigerator



Easily fits into a small space


Cannot hold large item

Uses as much or more electricity than a full sized refrigerator

Top freezer unit


Classic design

Widely available

Difficult for a short person to see or reach inside of the freezer



Offers ample room

Without a freezer taking up space

Has no freezer so you will probably need a separate freezer.

Side-by-side refrigerator


Easy accessibility for the refrigerator and freezerDoes not offer as much space as other types of refrigerators

Bottom freezer


Offers ample space for storage compared to other modelsHave to bend over to access the freezer

French door ($1,200-$3,500)​

Provides ample space

Easy accessibility to the refrigerator

Have to bend over to access the freezer

Counter-depth or built-in 1

($1,500- $3,900)

Provides a modern appearance in the kitchen

Blends into the kitchen’s cabinets

Can be costly to purchase and install


When choosing a refrigerator, you should take into consideration the various features and characteristics of each unit to decide which one works best for you.

  • Compact or beverage refrigerator: designed to be used in a small space or under a cabinet. These units size average 1.7-4.5 cubic feet.
  • Top freezer unit: the refrigerator features a freezer located in the top section.
  • Freezerless: a full-size refrigerator that has no freezer.
  • Side-by-side: features two doors side-by-side. One opens to a refrigerator and one opens to a freezer.
  • Bottom freezer: the freezer is located in the base of the unit and the refrigerator is in the top portion.
  • French door: two doors located side-by-side in the top portion that open to reveal the refrigerators. A drawer in the bottom of the unit opens to a freezer.
  • Counter-depth or built-in: the refrigerator fits level with the surrounding counters. It can be large and built into a bank of cabinets so that it appears to be a part of the kitchen’s cabinets. Some counter-depth refrigerators are small and placed beneath the countertop.

Features and Accessories

When choosing a refrigerator, depending on the model, you can often pick numerous accessories:

Water filter: most upscale refrigerators boast a water filtration system with an ice maker. Many feature advanced digital technology while some feature simpler push-button operations. Units with a water filtration system usually cost from $200-$500 more than a refrigerator that lacks the feature.

Trim kits: you can create an upscale appearance for your refrigerator with a trim kit. The easy-to-install trim pieces average from $299-$499 depending on the look you seek.

Waterline installation kit: many DIY savvy people opt to purchase a waterline installation kit to run water to their refrigerator to create fresh drinking water and ice. The kit averages from $20-$100 per kit. Plumbers usually charge $50-$75 per hour to install a waterline installation kit.

Pantry bin/drawer: the pantry bins that come with a refrigerator can easily break or crack. Depending on the model, the price to replace the bin averages $40-$399.

Egg holder: an egg holder averages from $8-$30 depending on how many eggs the unit will hold.

Smudge-proof: a stainless steel refrigerator with a smudge-proof surface often averages $2,000-$2,500 depending on the manufacturer or model.


There are several types of finishes to choose from for a refrigerator. Finishes provide the refrigerator with visual interest and enable the appliance to easily match the other appliances. Some people prefer to have all stainless steel or all black appliances. Ultimately, the finish is a personal taste.

  • White: white was once the most common finish on refrigerators.
  • Stainless steel: stainless steel has replaced white as the most popular finish.
  • Slate: slate 2 is a new finish that is a form of darker stainless steel.
  • Black stainless: black is known as the ‘new stainless steel’ and is becoming a top choice for modern kitchens.
  • Black: classic black is often chosen for urban kitchens.


The installation process for a refrigerator can be as easy as placing the unit into the designated area and plugging it in, which can take less than one hour. However, some refrigerators may require a water line to be affixed to the back to provide filtered water and ice.

Some people also opt to have a built-in refrigerator added to their kitchen, which requires cabinets or a wall to be installed around the refrigerator. Most carpenters charge $70 per hour and the price of a kitchen update can run $101.60 per square foot to build cabinets around the refrigerator.

When having a refrigerator installed you may be faced with paying a plumber to install a water line for the refrigerator’s ice maker and water filtration system. Most plumbers charge $45-$65 per hour. A typical water line usually averages $65-$130 to run the water line. To have a basic refrigerator installed on a first-floor kitchen with a water line ran to the refrigerator averages about $250.

If you require an electrical outlet installed by an electrician you will need to pay an average of $220-$750 per outlet.


This table displays the various pros/cons and costs of buying the different brands of refrigerators. The table does not reflect the cost of installation.




Standard, dependable features

Affordable price

Basic refrigerator



A standard, easy to operate a refrigeratorVery few high tech upgrades



Ample drawers and binsOften not as energy efficient as other brands



Easy, basic operationFreezer space is often cramped due to design



Offers ample room with multiple shelves and storage binsOften has ice maker and water dispenser issues



Easy-to-use controls with many models offering digital on-the-door controls

Freezer compartment does not feature adequate adjustable features.

Lacks adequate drawers and shelves compared to other brands



Ample smart featuresLacks adequate storage options



Offers lots of storage with bins and shelvesOften lacks the smart features of other comparable brands



Lots of space compared to other refrigeratorsOften lacks the upscale features found with other brands.



Ample space and many upscale featuresIs expensive when compared to other comparable brands



Professional SizingExpensive

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Smart Refrigerators

Many brands now feature smart features that allow the refrigerator to be hooked up to WiFi. The refrigerator has a touchscreen interface with features such as an internal camera, programmable cooling options, agendas, calendars, and the ability to control and monitor all features using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Some even feature the ability to upload photos or stream television onto the screen. The cost of a smart refrigerator can run from $1,900-$6,900 depending on the size and brand.

Quick-access Door

A quick-access door on the front of a refrigerator allows you to have quick and easy access to the most used food items without opening the full door. A refrigerator with a quick-access door feature can cost from $500-$1,000 more than a standard model.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • Adding a water line for the water dispenser or the ice maker costs $20-$100 for a DIY kit and to hire a plumber it will cost $45-$65 per hour for labor.
  • Extended warranties are often available for purchase. They average $50-$200 for a five-year warranty.
  • If you opt to have your old refrigerator removed and discarded it’s usually around $100 for removal and disposal.
  • During the month of May, manufacturers release their newest models so the older models often go on sale.
  • If the floor is not levelled then you will need to level 3 the floor before placing the refrigerator. You can use a 1/8 in.thick piece of plywood 4 placed on the floor beneath the refrigerator to create a level surface. Many refrigerators have built-in levels to let you gauge if the unit is sitting level. The cost of a ¼ sheet of plywood is about $25.
  • If the refrigerator is going to be placed on a second floor, or higher, then you will have to spend an additional $40-$50 per floor if there is no elevator available.
  • Many refrigerators are considered ‘Energy Star’ models, which means they are highly energy efficient and will help save on your power bill. They tend to not cost more than non-Energy Star models.
  • Delivery and installation usually average $116 to $200 for a ground floor.


  • Why do we say fridge?

The term ‘fridge’ is simply a colloquial abbreviation for the common name “refrigerator”.

  • What is the use of a refrigerator?

It keeps food cold and prevents perishable foods from spoiling.

  • What is the difference between a fridge and a refrigerator?

There is no difference between the two.

  • What is the standard size of a refrigerator?

A basic refrigerator measures 30-36 inches in width, 67-70 inches in height, and 29-35 inches in depth.

  • How much does it cost to replace a refrigerator?

It will cost anywhere from $400-$16,500 depending on the model you purchase.

  • How much is an average refrigerator?

The average refrigerator costs around $1,000.

  • How much does it cost to install an appliance?

Installation averages $116-$200.

  • How much does it cost to run a fridge?

A new, energy-efficient model averages around $55 per year to run.

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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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glossary term picture Built-in 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
glossary term picture Slate 2 Slate: A fine-grained rock, typically bluish-gray in color, that can easily be split into thin layers and is commonly used as a roofing material
3 Level: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
glossary term picture Plywood 4 Plywood: An engineered construction material manufactured from thin slices of wood glued together in alternating grain patterns for strength

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Man installing a stainless steel refrigerator in a kitchen

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