How much does dryer vent installation or replacement cost?
How much does dryer vent installation or replacement cost?
$100 – $300 average cost to replace a dryer vent
$200 – $800 average cost to install a new dryer vent
Dryer vent installation or replacement cost
New dryer vent installation costs $200 to $800 on average to add ducting through an exterior wall. A dryer vent replacement costs $100 to $300. Indoor dryer-duct installation costs $65 to $120 if allowed by building code. A dryer vent hose costs $10 to $30 for materials.
|National average cost||$200|
|Average range||$100 to $300|
Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Cost to install dryer vent by location
A new dryer vent installation costs $200 to $800 on average, including cutting a hole in the wall. Installing an indoor vent costs $65 to $120 total but typically isn’t code-compliant in most places because of fire and mold risks.
|Location||Average cost installed|
|Outdoor vent through wall||$200 – $800|
|Indoor vent||$65 – $120|
Outdoor dryer vent cost factors include:
Vent location – Installing a vent under a deck or through the soffit increases labor costs.
Roof venting – Professionals install rooftop vents when necessary, but they don’t recommend it. Gas dryers cannot vent through the roof.
Accessibility – Ducts through floor joists, crawlspaces, or basements cost more.
Siding – Cutting a vent hole through vinyl or wood costs less than cutting through brick or stone.
Complexity – Duct elbows and complex ductwork configurations increase material and labor costs.
Cutting –Dryers that are not next to an exterior wall may need multiple cuts through walls or floors to vent outside.
Dryer vent hose & duct prices
Dryer vent costs per linear foot
Dryer vents cost $10 to $20 per linear foot installed, depending on the vent type, material, and installation complexity. Prices include the total costs of replacing existing dryer vents without wall modifications.
|Length||Average installed cost|
|8’||$80 – $160|
|12’||$120 – $240|
|20’||$200 – $400|
|35’||$350 – $700|
Dryer vent prices by material
Dryer vent prices are $30 to $85 on average for 8’ metal ducts and vent hood assemblies. Plastic and aluminum foil vents cost $20 to $65 on average, but these materials violate building codes in some areas due to their fire-safety hazards.
|Factor||Average price||Pros & cons|
|PVC / plastic||$20 – $55||
|Aluminum-foil flex duct||$25 – $65||
|Semi-rigid aluminum||$30 – $70||
|Rigid aluminum||$35 – $70||
|Galvanized steel||$40 – $85||
*Material prices only for an 8-foot dryer duct and vent hood.
Dryer hose cost by type
A dryer vent hose costs $10 to $30 on average for 8’ long rigid and semi-rigid ducts. A skinny duct costs $20 to $40 each for an adjustable-length vent with collars.
|Vent type||Average price||Description|
|Skinny duct||$20 – $40||
|Semi-rigid duct (8 ft.)||$10 – $20||
|Rigid duct (8 ft.)||$25 – $30||
*Duct material prices only.
Dryer vent replacement cost factors
Dryer vent replacement costs $100 to $300 on average to replace pre-existing ductwork. Installers place the new ductwork in the same place as the old vent without cutting through any walls.
|Factor||Average cost installed|
|Dryer duct & materials||$30 – $100|
|Installation labor||$70 – $200|
|Total cost to replace||$100 – $300|
Dryer vent replacement cost factors include:
Labor costs – HVAC labor rates are $75 to $150 per hour. Handyman prices are $50 to $80 per hour on average for simple jobs.
Duct materials – Higher costs apply for longer ducts made of more durable shapes and materials like rigid stainless steel.
Exhaust fan – Booster fans cost $200 to $400 on average for the unit alone. This part blows air out of an extra-long dryer vent or one with multiple bends.
Alarm – Dryer vent alarms cost $20 to $45 and detect restricted air flow, typically caused by excessive dryer lint.
Unstacking – Professionals may charge $50 to $75 to unstack a washer and dryer combo to access the vent.
Vent guard – Plastic pest guards cost $7 to $15 each on average, and metal guards cost $35 to $40each.
Heat keeper – Dryer heat diverters cost $7 to $18 each to direct heat from the dryer into the house. These parts are only for electric dryers.
Vent extension – Dryer vent extenders cost $5 to $10 each for duct transitions from the dryer or through the wall.
Inspection – A dryer vent inspection costs $30 to $60 on average.
Dryer vent repair and cleaning cost
Regular maintenance boosts dryer performance and prevents fire hazards. Manufacturers recommend annual cleaning for dryer vents.
Dryer vent cleaning costs $80 to $185.
Appliance repair costs $50 to $125 per hour.
Cost to replace dryer vent cover
The cost to replace a dryer vent cover is $50 to $100 on average, depending on the type and complexity. The cover costs $5 to $10 for the part alone. Most vent covers attach directly to the vent pipe with caulking around the rim to seal it.
Dryer vent covers are necessary to:
Keep outside air from entering the dryer and ventilation system.
Prevent birds and other pests from nesting in the vents.
Stop any exterior debris from blowing into the vent and clogging it.
Rerouting dryer vent costs
The cost of rerouting a dryer vent depends on the project’s complexity. Moving a vent is typically necessary when upgrading an old home to meet building code requirements for ventilation.
Typical costs include:
The cost to move washer and dryer hookups is $500 to $2,000.
The cost to install a new electrical outlet is $150 to $350.
Gas line installation costs $150 to $1,000 for a new line to the dryer.
DIY dryer vent kit cost
A DIY dryer vent kit costs $15 to $30 and includes flexible ductwork, clamps, and an outside vent cover. Extra parts may be necessary to fit the kit to the specific dryer model.
Dryer vent installation FAQs
How long can a dryer vent be?
A dryer vent can be up to 35 feet long maximum if it’s straight. Elbows in the ductwork or rooftop venting require a shorter vent length. Inspectors allow exceptions based on dryer-manufacturer recommendations. A booster fan is necessary for extra-long ducts.
How long does it take to install a dryer vent?
HVAC pros take 2 to 4 hours to install a new dryer vent where one didn’t exist before. Professionals can replace a pre-existing dryer vent in one hour in most cases. Extended timeframes are necessary to cut new holes in brick or stone siding.
Do you have to vent an electric dryer?
Yes, you have to vent an electric dryer. If moisture cannot exit the system, then clothes stay wet and encourage mold growth. Lint builds up inside the dryer and creates a fire hazard.
Who installs dryer vents?
HVAC technicians, plumbers, and appliance technicians install dryer vents. Before hiring a dryer vent installation service near you, be sure to:
Get quotes from at least 3 experienced companies for comparison.
Choose companies with these credentials:
Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician (C-DET) by the Chimney Safety Institute of America
National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) certification
General contractor’s license
Only consider licensed, bonded, and insured businesses.
Look at company reviews on Google and HomeGuide.
Avoid low quotes that may signal low-quality work.
Collect a signed estimate and contract before work begins.
Verify that the bid includes all materials, labor, and cleanup fees.
Never give a full payment before the work is complete.
Questions to ask plumbers & HVAC pros
How long have you been installing dryer vents?
Which dryer vent material is safest for my laundry room?
How long does installation take?
Should I worry about moisture buildup in my dryer vent?
Will my new vent have a backdraft damper?
Does my dryer venting meet current building codes?
Where is the best place for my dryer vent?
Can you install a vent through the roof?
Will you install indoor dryer vents?
Would a booster fan improve my ventilation?
What type of vent cover will you install?
How much does it cost to move my dryer vent?
Can I clean my own dryer vents, and how often will it need cleaning?
What are the signs of a clogged dryer vent?
Which dryer-vent accessories do you recommend for this installation?