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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Dryer & Dryer Vent?

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Having a dryer at home is convenient and economical. Laundromats are often expensive and time consuming, and just about every home needs a dryer for freshly dried clothes and linens in under an hour, especially when the weather turns cooler. However, dryers need to be installed properly to avoid hazards. Without a correctly installed dryer vent, lint can build up and cause fires. Plus, energy costs can soar because it takes longer for clothes to dry. Since the process involves creating an opening in an exterior wall of the home, experts recommend having a professional install the dryer and vent. Here is a look at the costs associated with hiring a contractor to install a new dryer, vents and ducts and replace an existing dryer when repairs have run their course.

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Table of Contents

  1. Dryer Installation Cost
  2. Dryer Vent Installation Cost
  3. Dryer Installation Cost Factors
  4. Signs Dryer Is Broken
  5. Top Dryer & Dryer Vent Brands
  6. Dryer Reviews
  7. Find A Laundry Room Contractor

Dryer Installation Cost

There are many steps to setting up a laundry area in a home. While washing machines require hot and cold water lines, a drain standpipe or sink as well as electricity, dryers require a 240V electrical outlet for most electrical dryers, a vent and, if it's a gas dryer, a gas line. Overall, it’s less expensive to install these appliances if the room is less than 10 feet from an electrical panel and existing water lines, as well as close to an unfinished, exterior wall for the vent installation. Generally, this can cost between $350 and $600. If the laundry room is far from the electrical panel, it could cost an additional $300 to $800, while new gas lines can cost between $150 and $1,000, depending on the length of line required. If the entire electrical panel needs upgrading, that could cost up to $4,000. However, if you are simply replacing a dryer and all requirements are in place, appliance retailers sometimes include basic installation for free or for a $50 to $100 fee.

Dryer Vent Installation Cost

Dryer Vent Installation Cost

Materials are more expensive if the dryer is not positioned near an exterior wall as a longer length of metal duct work is necessary. On average, installing a dryer vent can cost between $150 and $1,000. It is necessary to purchase a metal dryer vent with a removable screen, backdraft flap and weatherproof seal, as well as additional supplies, such as ducts, clamps, mounts, drywall and screws. Labor can be more expensive when it's necessary to cut through a brick or concrete wall, or if there is not a clear path from the dryer to the exterior wall. Add an additional $250 or more if a new electrical outlet is also necessary, while a new gas line installation can range between $150 and $1,000 in additional costs. However, replacement is much less expensive, as the materials simply need replacing. Replacement cost is around $125, and sometimes this is covered under a home warranty.

Dryer Installation Cost Factors

The process for installing a dryer and vent can take a professional approximately three hours to complete. The first step is to determine the best path for the vent to connect from the dryer to an exterior wall. The duct must end at least one foot above the ground, and the distance should be as short as possible with as few turns as possible. This is because vent ducts are easily crushed, which could cause the dryer to overheat. Difficult paths can make costs rise.

Once a path is found, professionals use either galvanized steel or aluminum duct and fittings. A 4.5” diameter hole must be drilled in the rim joist of the home for the vent cap to be mounted, with a mounting block needed if being installed over vinyl siding. The wall material and finishing may also increase costs. Once the hole is bored, the vent is cut to its proper length and attached with metal foil tape. More permanent support may also be needed if the duct is long, which again increases costs. Installing an electric dryer requires the installation of a 240V receptacle into the wall. A gas dryer uses a regular 110V outlet, but needs to be connected to the available gas line.

Dryer Installation Cost Factors

Signs Dryer Is Broken

There are many signs homeowners should look for to know when to repair or replace a dryer:

Problem

Possible Cause

Too noisy

Bearings, seals or belts worn or broken

Won’t start

High limit thermostat or heating element worn

Does not heat properly

Fuse blown or heating element broken

Won’t tumble

Switches and belts worn or broken

Timer does not advance

Timer's motor needs replacing

Won’t shut off

Door switches or timers malfunctioning

Shuts off too soon

Heating coils, thermostats or fuses worn

Does not dry efficiently

Vent clogged

Consult a professional to determine costs when deciding whether to repair or replace your clothes dryer or washing machine.

Top Dryer & Dryer Vent Brands

Here is a look at some of the top clothing dryer brands and the cost ranges:

LG

$700 - $1,700

Frigidaire

$650 - $1,150

Samsung

$550 - $1,900

Whirlpool

$650 - $1,500

Maytag

$650 - $1,450

Kenmore

$300 - $850

ElectroLux

$1,050 - $1,400

The main differences in each brand are related mostly to convenience features: The more expensive a dryer is, the more features it will have. Burner components in Frigidaire, Maytag, LG, Samsung and Whirlpool gas dryers are basically the same. Overall, a big difference is the ability to repair the dryer. Inexpensive Kenmore, Whirlpool and Maytag dryers can be very easy to repair, especially if they have a top lint access point, but LG, Samsung and other high end Whirlpool, Maytag and Frigidaire dryers can be more costly to service.

Top Dryer and Dryer Vent Brands

Dryer Reviews

Here is a look at some of the most popular clothes dryer models and their main features:

Electrolux EFMG617STT 8 Cubic Feet Electric Clothes Dryer

Special allergen cycle, wrinkle-rid steam technology, 15-minute fast-dry cycle, moisture sensors

Maytag MGDX655DW 7-Cubic-Feet Bravos Clothing Dryer

Affordability, 11 cycles, five temperature settings, IntelliDry moisture-sensing technology

Whirlpool WED8500DC 8.8-Cubic-Feet Cabrio High-Efficiency Dryer

Sophisticated design, high capacity, 23 possible cycles, moisture sensors, illuminated drum, wrinkle-free setting

Kenmore 60222 6.5-Cubic-Feet Electric Clothes Dryer

Low cost, quiet operation, wrinkle-guard function

LG DLEX8100V 9 Cubic Feet Clothes Dryer With TrueSteam

Diagnosis system for easy repair, TrueSteam sensor drying technology, SteamSanitary sanitizing steam-cleaning for non-washable items, 14 total drying cycles for a very large capacity

Find A Laundry Room Contractor

While some handy homeowners may wish to install a dryer and dryer vent themselves, experts highly encourage working with a professional contractor to ensure the work is done safely and effectively. The easiest way to connect with a professional in your area is to use our free lead generator tool to find a laundry room contractor with the experience needed to complete the project with confidence.

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Last updated on Aug 2, 2017

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