How much does it cost to replace a sump pump?

Knowing the cost before getting an estimate can equal big savings

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If your basement is prone to flooding, you know just how important your sump pump is to your home. If it breaks down, you could find yourself scrambling to get it replaced before your basement becomes a swimming pool.

If it’s time to replace your sump pump, read on — we’ve gathered some information on how much replacement costs and a few ways to save some money.

Key insights:

  • A sump pump replacement costs around $308 to $747.
  • Labor to install a sump pump costs around $45 to $200.
  • You can save money by doing the installation yourself or by filing a home warranty claim.

Sump pump replacement costs

You can expect to pay between $308 to $747 for sump pump replacement. How much you pay depends on the type of pump and the labor it takes to get it swapped out with the old one.

Sump pump repair costs by type

There are two types of sump pumps: pedestal and submersible. Pedestal pumps are less expensive, costing around $60 to $170. On the other hand, submersible pumps can cost between $100 and $400 because they tend to be more powerful than pedestal versions.

Additional sump pump costs

Another piece of the cost puzzle is labor, and rates vary widely around the country. Fortunately, the process usually only takes around an hour.

Can you DIY a sump pump replacement?

If you replace the sump pump yourself rather than hiring a professional, you can save hundreds of dollars in labor. Your local home improvement store should have new sump pumps for sale, and there are plenty of online tutorials you can follow to complete the process. It just takes a few steps and very few tools.

When should a sump pump be replaced?

Usually, your sump pump won’t just die out of nowhere. There will be signs.

One big sign is that the water in your basement isn’t draining like it should or that there’s mold growing in the basement. This means the pump isn’t doing its job. You may also hear weird sounds or vibrations coming from the sump pump.

Another sign is that the pump continuously cycles on and off. This is called “short cycling.”

Does your home warranty cover sump pump replacement?

Many home warranty plans cover sump pump replacement in addition to a large number of home appliances and systems. This means you may only need to pay a deductible to replace your sump pump, which can save you a lot of money.

Make sure to take a look at the contract to see if there are any limitations to the coverage. For example, some companies may only cover the repair up to a certain amount. If your replacement price exceeds that cap, you’ll need to pay the difference out of pocket.

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How long does a sump pump last?

Sump pumps last seven to 10 years with proper maintenance.

Do I need to have my sump pump serviced regularly?

Yes, you’ll need to have your sump pump serviced once a year and inspected by a professional. You should also give the inlet screen and grate a monthly cleaning to avoid clogs and do a deeper clean every three months.

Do sump pumps have a warranty?

Yes, typically a sump pump has a manufacturer’s warranty. The store you purchase your sump pump from may also offer a limited warranty, and home warranty plans often cover sump pumps.

Can you get a sump pump repaired?

Yes, but you’re probably not going to save much money. Replacement typically costs $523 on average, while repairs cost $475 on average.

Bottom line

A functioning sump pump is key to preventing home disasters like mold, foundation problems and wall warping. Replacing a sump pump can be easy enough to do yourself, but if you call in a professional, you may pay around $45 to $200 per hour. If you’re looking to save on a sump pump replacement, see if your home warranty plan covers it.

Article sources
ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
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  2. Angi, “How Much Does It Cost To Replace a Sump Pump?” Accessed Feb. 27, 2024.
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