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Dryer Vent Installation Cost


How Much Does Dryer Vent Installation Cost?

 
low costDIY: Around $60 for Materialsaverage costTypically: $100-$300 Installed

Typically, clothes dryers need to be vented to the outdoors, to remove the moist air dryers create as they dry clothes. Installing a new laundry room requires creating a dryer exhaust vent through the roof or an outside wall. Do-it-yourself dryer vent installation is possible with DIY experience, but professional installation is also a relatively inexpensive option.

Typical costs:

  • Installing a new dryer vent in a wall usually costs $100-$300 depending on how far the tubing needs to run and whether an HVAC contractor or handyman is doing the work.
  • Installing a new dryer vent can run $300-$700 in some scenarios where the work is more complicated. For example, if the vent is in a condo and the vent needs to run to the roof, or if an existing vent needs to be relocated.
  • Laundry rooms against exterior walls translate into cheaper dryer vent installation, while laundry rooms further away from exterior walls require a more labor-intensive and expensive installation.
  • Dryer vent installation can be a DIY project[1] ; expect to pay about $60 for materials, including special tools.
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What should be included:
  • Installing a new dryer vent should include creating an opening for the dryer vent in an exterior wall or the roof, connecting the vent to the dryer, and connecting the outdoor vent at the exterior wall or roof, which may involve threading the vent through existing ductwork.
  • Plastic or aluminum vents are not recommended because of fire, according to This Old House[2] .
Additional costs:
  • The maximum length for dryer vents vary by local code. In Seattle, for example, dryer vents should not exceed 35 feet[3] .
  • Yearly cleaning of the vent, to remove lint buildup and reduce the risk of fire, is highly recommended. Dryer vent cleaning usually runs $100-$200, but it can be a DIY Project[4] .
Discounts:
  • Electric (not gas) dryers can be vented to the inside of a home with an indoor dryer vent kit, but because of the high water content of the exhaust, venting dryers into a basement or other small, enclosed spaces can create serious and expensive mold problems, according to the North Dakota State University Agriculture Commission[5] .
  • No-vent dryers are available, also eliminating the need for vent installation, but they take longer (sometimes hours) to dry clothes.
Shopping for dryer vent installation:
  • HVAC companies, as well as plumbers, can install dryer vents, but many dryer duct cleaning firms and handymen also offer this service.
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Posted by: Therese in Commerce Twp., MI.Posted: March 1st, 2013 10:03AM
We needed a little under 10 feet of solid ducting,with several bends to go around heating & cooling ducts. This was replacing the dangerous flexible aluminum ducting was installed by our builder. Price included materials and labor. We used Dryer Vent Wizard of Oakland County.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=53VkkkWIqrQ
  2.  www.thisoldhouse.com/laundry/21016660/how-to-upgrade-a-dryer-vent
  3.  www.seattle.gov/documents/Departments/SDCI/Codes/SeattleResidentialCode/2012SRCCha...
  4.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=G30EMOn1Cq8
  5.  www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/newsreleases/2008/feb-7-2008/don2019t-vent-dryer-into-home
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