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How much does a plumber cost in 2022?

2022 Plumber Cost Guide

For common household plumbing jobs, knowing what you're likely to pay for a plumbing repair or upgrade can help you plan and budget.  Our annual plumber member survey answers the question of how much a plumber costs in 2022.

Expect to pay more if you are living in Dublin or Cork, as the cost of living and labour shortages for skilled tradespeople often means that plumbing costs are higher in major cities.

A plumber may charge a call-out fee. For example, in Dublin a call-out fee can range from €80– €120 and hourly rates from €75 – €80 per hour.

Outside of Dublin, call-out fees range from €75 - €100 with hourly rates from €50 – €75 per hour. These price estimates exclude VAT.

If you are seeking an after-hours service, call-out fees can start from €80 in rural areas and increase to as much as €120 excluding VAT. A plumber may apply a premium fee when call-outs are very late in the evening or on weekends.

Many plumbers’ also prefer to price according to the overall cost of the job and absorb call-out/emergency fees into the total quote or may charge call-out fees depending on the distance and type of job.




Plumber Jobs Cost Guide

To determine plumber pricing averages, we have analysed members' pricing survey feedback as well as thousands of plumbing quotes provided to property owners across the country in 2021 from our Onlinetradesmen service.

These price ranges are estimates for labour only and exclude parts, materials and VAT. For an accurate price for your plumbing project, request a quote here from our network of qualified Heating and Plumbing Professionals. 



Plumber Costs

 Price Range 

 Average Price 

Plumber hourly rate €50-€80 €60
After hours/emergency rate €80-€120 €99
Call-out fee* €50-€100 €73

*75% of survey respondents charge a call-out fee. Some plumbers will charge an emergency/weekend call-out rate depending on distance and type of job.


  General Plumbing Costs  

 Price Range 

 Average Price 

Install a tap €80-€120 €90
Fix a dripping tap €80-€90 €80
Blocked/overflowing toilet €80-€150 €102
Blocked sink €80-€100 €83
Broken pipe


Sewer backup €100-€200 €145
Fix leaking pipe €80-€200 €106
Blocked drain €80-€100 €87
Water tank replacement €150-€500  €313
Reposition attic water tank €200-€350  €350


Boiler & Heating Costs

 Price Range 

 Average Price 

Boiler Service €80-€120 €92
Boiler Replacement €550-€2,200 €1,050
Boiler breakdown €80-€200 €116
Hot water cylinder replacement €250-€550 €383
Immersion replacement


Hot water tank repair €100-€500 €134
Stove fitting €450-€550 €497
Install radiator €100-€450  €178
Fix leaking radiator €80-€180  €109


Bathroom Plumbing Costs

 Price Range 

 Average Price 

Installing electric shower €80-€1000 €203
Sink replacement €80-€160 €123
Toilet replacement €80-€200 €138
Replace plumbing €120-€500 €246

Install new sanitaryware

(no change to existing plumbing)


Plumb new bathroom €500-€2,000 €1,038


Plumb House Cost

 Price Range 

 Average Price 

2-bed house €2,000-€5,000 €2,928
3-bed house €2,300-€6,000 €3,578
4-bed house €2,600-€7,000 €2,437


Renewable Heating Costs

 Price Range 

 Average Price 

Air Source Heat Pump install €1,500-€5,000 €3,107
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) install €1,500-€5,000 €2,739
Solar Thermal install €1,500-€5,500 €2,742
Underfloor Heating install €2,500-€3,500 €2,500
Heat Recovery Ventilation install


Condensing Boiler install €550-€1,500 €918
Central Heating controls Install €250-€1000 €486


Ask The Expert

To understand how plumbers charge we asked two Onlinetradesmen members to provide pricing for common plumbing problems, tips to understanding how plumbers charge and what homeowners should look out for when seeking a quote.

"Plumbers don’t typically take into account travel time, property access or parking availability when quoting for a one-off service. However, if quoting for a project, then this will be factored into the overall price for the job,” says Paul Grealis from GP Heating and Plumbing

When shopping around for a plumbing specialist, Paul advises homeowners to make sure they are getting a qualified individual who will provide a comprehensive service at a fair price.

"There are too many boiler services that just get an energy performance analysis without proper tests and checks completed on expansion vessels, safety and radiator valves,” says Paul. "When a homeowner hires a plumber they should get it done once and get it done right."

Michael Keaney from JMK Plumbing and Heating recommends that homeowners ask for references before accepting a plumbing quote “Requesting a reference, from the last job or work similarly to that being quoted is expected", says Michael. "If you are dealing with a reputable plumber, this won't be a problem.” 

Before you hire a plumber, remember to ask to see their qualifications and references.  You can find out more about plumbers, their qualifications and what services they provide here.

With over 25 years of experience, Paul Grealis from GP Heating and Plumbing services both Dublin and Kildare regions and offers a range of plumbing services including solar thermal solutions and wood burning stove installations. View GP Heating and Plumbing ratings here or contact direct.

With over 20 years of experience, Michael Keaney from JMK Plumbing and Heating services both Mayo and Galway regions. His team, who includes his son Brendan, offers both plumbing and heating services plus a focus on renewable energy systems. View JMK Plumbing and Heating ratings here or contact direct.

Alternatively, you can post a plumbing and heating job via Onlinetradesmen.




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According to this chart, to renovate my bathroom should cost between €450-€1100 - I have just received 3 quotes from plumbers of €3,200, €3,400 and €3,500, these quotes are just for the labour, the materials were all extra - that is some difference! My bathroom is relatively small so I was quite amazed getting such high quotes but do not understand the huge price difference.
6/16/2020 5:13:13 PM | Reply

@Deirdre: Hi Deirdre, a bathroom renovation requires many different trades and components to achieve a completed project - which is probably reflected in the quotes you received. This post will give you more details on the complexity of renovating your bathroom. https://www.onlinetradesmen.ie/Blog/How-to-Plan-a-Bathroom-Renovation.aspx?ArticleID=511&tabid=531 The prices quoted here are just for plumbing services only.

2/17/2021 9:07:47 AM | Reply

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