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How Much Does Dryer Vent Installation Cost?

 
low costDIY: Around $60 for Materialsaverage costMedium: $150-$500 Installed
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Typically, clothes dryers need to be vented to the outdoors, to remove the moist air the machine creates as it dries 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:

  • Expect to pay $150-$500 for professional new dryer vent installation, says long-time vent installer Charlie Gossett of Lint Busters [1] in New York City.
  • Owners of wood or vinyl sided homes should expect to pay on average $200, according to Bill North, of North HVAC Services in San Rafael, CA. Owners of stucco homes tend to pay more for installation, because creating an opening through stucco is labor-intensive.
  • Laundry rooms against exterior walls translate into cheaper dryer vent installation, according to both Gossett and North. Laundry rooms further away from exterior walls require a more labor intensive and expensive installation.
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What should be included:
  • Creating an opening for the dryer vent in an exterior wall or the roof. Connecting the vent to the dryer and the outdoor vent at the exterior wall or roof, which may involve threading the vent through existing ductwork.
  • All materials and labor, including a metal dryer vent. Plastic or aluminum vents are not recommended because of fire, according to This Old House[2] .
Additional costs:
  • Dryer vents longer than 40 feet should include a dryer vent fan to increase the efficiency of the dryer says Popular Mechanics .
  • Yearly cleaning of the vent, to remove lint buildup and reduce the risk of fire, is highly recommended. Dryer vent cleaning begins at about $70, and can be a DIY project[3] . Dryer Vent Wizard [4] , is a national franchise offering dryer vent cleaning, but many businesses also offer this relatively simple service.
Discounts:
  • Dryer vent installation can be a DIY project[5] ; expect to pay about $60 for materials, including special tools.
  • Electric (not gas dryers can be vented to the inside of a home with an indoor dryer vent kit. Because of the high water content of exhaust, however, venting dryers into a basement or other small, enclosed spaces can create serious and expensive mold problems [6] .
  • 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:
  • Dryer Vent Wizard is a good place to start for estimates of installation costs.
  • Because installation costs vary by type of home and location of laundry room, most contractors won't give estimates over the phone. Expect to set up in-person appointments.
  • Typically, contractors who do ductwork, such as heating and air conditioning work, can also install a dryer vent, so it pays to shop around for the best price.
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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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  1.  www.lintbustersny.com/
  2.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20055319,00.html
  3.  www.repair-home.com/hvac/dryer-duct-cleaning.html
  4.  www.dryerventwizard.com/
  5.  www.familyhandyman.com/
  6.  www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/mold/index.html
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