The typical cost to replace a dryer vent is $80 to $1,000
If your dryer vent is leaking warm air into the room or you've just bought a new property without a vent, it's probably time to get a dryer vent installed. You may pay as little as $80 for outside venting when your dryer is against an exterior wall. If your dryer is in the middle of the house or you need to vent through the roof, you might pay up to $1,000 depending on how much work needs to be done.
How Much Does It Cost to Install a Dryer Vent Yourself?
Installing a dryer vent can be a great DIY project to tackle on your free Sunday afternoons, but the complexity of your project will determine how much you can handle yourself.
Installing an inside dryer vent is the easiest one to take on, because it doesn’t require putting a hole through your wall, floor, or roof. A kit that contains everything you need costs $10 to $25.
If your home already has ductwork in the walls or through the roof, you can purchase a standard vent kit for $12 to $30 to finish the work of installing the outside vent, wall sleeve, and transition duct. If you don’t already have transitional tubing running out from the dryer, expect to pay an additional $5 to $10 for an 8-foot section.
If your dryer sits against an exterior wall, you may be able to handle the task of cutting a hole through it, depending on your skill level. You’ll use the same standard vent kit and transitional tubing as above (total cost $17 to $40), but you’ll also need a power drill with a hole saw attachment. You can rent this tool for about $25 per day if you don’t already have it in your toolkit.
If you don’t have ductwork in your home, you need to replace the existing ductwork, you’re moving the location of your dryer, or you’re not comfortable with any part of the installation process, it’s best to hire a local contractor to tackle this project.
Installing ductwork can be tricky because of the enclosed space, and it may require making several cuts into your walls, flooring, or roof. Ductwork must also be installed carefully to prevent clogs that can later lead to leaks from condensation or even a fire.
Dryer Vent Replacement Cost Breakdown
When determining your specific dryer vent costs, you’ll find that most of your needs fall into two categories: materials and installation.
Dryer Vent Installation Materials
Which dryer vent installation materials you need depends on how big your task is.
If your home already has ductwork for your dryer but no vent, you can purchase a standard vent kit to finish the job. These cost $10 to $25 and typically include the outside vent, wall sleeve, transition duct, and clamps. If you need the hose tubing that attaches to the back of your dryer, expect to pay $5 to $10 for an 8-foot length.
If you don’t have dryer ductwork and if you don’t wish to install it, you can purchase an inside dryer vent. This option does not require you to cut into your home’s walls, roof, or floor. This type of vent is positioned next to your dryer and snags dust and fuzz through a lint catcher. A kit costs $12 to $30 and includes transition tubing, clamps, and a lint trap.
For homes that need new ductwork, you’ll need to purchase some materials separately based on the scope of your project, including an exterior vent, ductwork, wall sleeve, transition duct, and clamps. You can choose a standard (outside) vent kit for $10 to $25 to handle everything but the ductwork. Separately, ductwork (also called tubing depending on the material) costs about 50 cents to $2.50 per foot, depending on the type you choose and the necessary length.
You can choose from ductwork made from plastic or vinyl, flexible aluminum, semi-rigid metal, and rigid metal. Of these, only rigid metal is suitable for installation behind walls and floors. Its smooth surface prevents lint buildup that can lead to clogs and possible fire safety issues. You can use the other forms of tubing to attach your dryer to interior ductwork, as necessary.
Dryer Vent Installation Costs
The overall cost to replace a dryer vent can really depend on if you’re completing the project yourself or hiring a professional. If your dryer sits against an exterior wall and you’re comfortable cutting a hole, this is definitely a project you can take on. Your only installation costs will be the cost of tools you don’t already own; you’ll need to buy ($20 to $100) or rent ($25 per day) a power drill and hole saw attachment to get the job done.
If your project requires running the vent through multiple walls or installing new ductwork, it may be best to hire a local vent installer. Expect to pay $20 to $25 per hour based on your location, but be aware that some carpenters or plumbers may charge up to $35 per hour. Depending on the scope of your project, the job may take two to four hours, for a total of $40 to $140.
Extra installation costs may occur with more difficult installations. For example, cutting through brick or concrete generally requires more work. An installer may charge an additional $50 to $150 for this portion of the project. If your installer needs to run ductwork through multiple walls or across multiple floors, this will require opening up your walls. The cost of installing the ductwork and then making necessary repairs after can add $500 to $1,000 to the job.
What Factors Influence the Cost to Install a Dryer Vent?
Dryer vent prices will vary depending on several factors, including the scope of the job, the cost of materials, and whether you’re handling the project yourself or hiring a professional.
The location of your dryer and where the vent exits influences your dryer vent installation costs.
If you’re installing an indoor vent, the scope of your project will be the same no matter where your dryer is located. Because this installation method is self-contained, there’s no need to cut a hole in a wall or roof.
When installing an exterior vent, a dryer placed against an outer wall is the ideal situation, thanks to its close proximity. This type of installation probably requires one cut through the wall and a minimal length of ductwork.
If the dryer is in the middle of the house, getting to an exterior wall may be difficult or impossible. This situation may require installation through the floor (also potentially impossible due to your home design) or installation through the roof. For the latter, you may be looking at multiple cuts to get through the ceiling and attic to the roof, as well as a longer ductwork.
Other outdoor venting possibilities include under a deck or house, through soffits, a window, or the garage. Which you choose depends on which options are available to you and your budget.
If your home already has existing ductwork or you’re installing an indoor vent, you can purchase dryer vent kits that come with just about everything you need to get the job done.
When installing, replacing, or moving ductwork, you’ll need to add the cost of new ductwork into your budget. The cost will depend on the type of material you choose and how much you need.
There are no installation costs if you’re tackling the dryer vent installation project yourself. If you don’t already own a power drill, you’ll need to account for the cost of buying or renting one.
If you’re hiring a professional to install your dryer vent, expect to pay $20 to $35 per hour in labor costs. Most installations take two to four hours, for a total installation cost of $40 to $140.
FAQs About Installing a Dryer Vent
Does moving my dryer cost a lot?
It depends on how far you’re moving your dryer. If it’s only a few feet and you can still reach the power outlet, you may only be out the cost of new transitional tubing to reach the existing ductwork. If it’s much farther, you may need to factor in the cost to install a new outlet, plus possibly add new ductwork.
What kind of dryer vent hose should I use?
For the tubing that runs from your dryer to the ductwork, the easiest materials to use include plastic, aluminum, and semi-rigid. They’re widely available and affordable, and you can shorten these dryer vent hoses if you need to.
Who do I call to replace a dryer vent?
There are several types of professionals who can help with dryer vent installation. An HVAC installer is probably the most qualified for the job, but depending on the scope of your project, you might also call a handyperson, plumber, or roofer.