The average cost to repair your sprinkler system is $75 to $250, with most homeowners paying $212. Most sprinkler repairs involve replacing sprinkler heads at $5 to $20 per head, or replacing valves at $20 to $40 per valve, not including the cost of labor of about $75 an hour by a professional plumber. Get free instant estimates from sprinkler companies near you.
The average cost to repair your sprinkler system is $75–$250, with the average homeowner paying $212, which includes an hourly labor cost of about $75 by a professional plumber.
Most sprinkler repairs involve replacing sprinkler heads at $5 to $20 per head, or replacing valves at $20 to $40 per valve, not including the cost of labor. More advanced repairs are a damaged backflow preventer at $25–$420, a malfunctioning sprinkler system controller at $60–$225, or broken pipes at $100–$500.
|National Average Cost||$212|
|Average Range||$75 to $250|
To troubleshoot your system, you’ll pay a service call fee and then pay and additional fee for the repair itself.
Sprinkler system repair professionals will charge for their time and labor, and for the parts needed to fix your irrigation problem. When parts need to be replaced, expect a 30%–100% charge on top of the part cost to cover labor costs. Repairs are usually warrantied for six months to one year, and some parts will carry an additional warranty. Most repairs fall into five categories:
|Part||Repair Cost||Price Installed New|
|Broken Sprayer Heads||$10–$90||$1–$20|
|Damaged Backflow Preventer||$25–$420||$222–$1,076|
|Broken or Leaking Pipes||$15–$500||$34–$80/linear foot|
|Wiring||$1+/per sq. ft.||$60-$100|
Most service calls are to replace broken heads and risers, but you might need a head lowered or raised, or you need a new head added to an existing system. Adding a head will cost twice as much as replacing or relocating one, costing $70–$210 compared to the replacement cost of $25–$60.
|Head Type||Part Cost||Repair/Replacement Cost|
The cost to replace a sprinkler valve is around $65–$290 which includes labor. This could be caused by debris in the valve or a broken valve, so the valve will need to be located, possibly excavated, and cleaned out or replaced. Sometimes, valves can be rebuilt instead of replaced. Other times, wiring can get damaged or disconnected which needs to be fixed instead of the valve—ask your technician about this possibility.
Replacing a backflow prevent costs around $150 to $400 just for the part, plus $50 to $200 for professional labor expenses. A state-certified backflow tester will need to check out the problem and provide a solution.
Backflow preventers exist to stop dirty water flowing back into the main water supply from your sprinkler heads. This has to be avoided so your lawn chemicals and dirt don’t end up in your drinking water. Despite backflow preventer tests being done when the sprinkler system is installed, they can sometimes stop working in the way they should. You can’t just disconnect it because you can be fined for doing so, or your water can be disconnected to your house until it’s fixed.
Installing a new sprinkler system controller and timer will cost $150 to $225 on average, plus labor. However, your technician may only need to reprogram or rewire your unit, at an average cost of $80. If wiring is an issue you can expect to pay $1 per sq. ft. including labor, and sometimes you may need to hire an electrician at $50 to $80 per hour.
You’ll usually see one of the following issues with a controller:
The typical cost to replace a leaking sprinkler pipe is $1 to $3 per linear foot of PVC pipe, and $3 to $6 per elbow or connecting piece. Including installation, you prices will likely run $34–$80/linear foot. Repairing a sprinkler system pipe will include digging down to it if, it’s an underground pipe, and replacing the broken part. The variance in cost is due to the width of the pipe to be replaced and the need for a machine to get to it. The total cost for a professional plumber to locate and repair a burst pipe is between $150 and $500.
If you’re redoing the entire yard and want to remove your lawn sprinkler system you can expect to pay a pro $40–$85 per hour. Some pros recommend to cut off the system, remove the heads, and leave the pipes in place if it doesn't interfere with any other landscaping plans.
The average service call costs $60 to $120 for regular sprinkler maintenance. The easiest way to care for your sprinkler system is to set a maintenance contract in place with your sprinkler system installers. They’ll come at least twice a year and make sure everything is in good working order and replace and repair anything broken. The average cost for a prepaid yearly plan that includes two checkups, a repair discount, and a service call fee is $175.
Sprinkler system maintenance includes:
Typically a sprinkler system will start to go out around at 20 years old. Consistently be on the lookout for water bubbling around heads, zones that won't turn on, or dry spots in your yard. If you see any of these problems or broken parts, call a pro to evaluate.
The main reasons your sprinkler system will need to be fixed can include a damaged backflow preventer, faulty valves, broken sprayer heads, a malfunctioning sprinkler system controller, and/or broken or leaking pipes. It’s a fairly easy job to locate and replace broken sprinkler heads, and even to reset a controller, but it’s much more difficult to locate broken or leaking pipes and valves. You’ll probably need to call an irrigation service specialist to do that for you for an average cost of $75–$250.
The average cost to install a sprinkler system on a quarter of an acre lot is $1,800 to $5,200, reflecting an installation cost of approx. $0.40 per square foot of ground watered.
The two system are very different as one operates inside a building in response to a fire while the other operates throughout the expanse of a yard 2–3 times a week. A fire sprinkler system costs $2–$7/sq. ft. to install in an existing building.
A service call for a sprinkler system repair during regular business hours will cost about $50–$90, but if you call during non-working hours, you can pay up to $240 for the service call.
A sprinkler system company will charge $50–$90/hour for labor, so fixing it yourself will save you that part of the repair expense. However, a licensed irrigation repair specialist will likely be more knowledgeable about your sprinkler patterns, backflow prevention, and local plumbing and electrical codes, which can frequently save money in the long run.
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