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Dryer Installation Cost

The average cost of installing a dryer is around $680.

In this guide

Cost factors
Prep work
Types
Features
Vents
Labor
Brands
Energy efficiency
Maintenance
Gas vs electric dryer
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to install a dryer?

If you are considering a dryer installation project it is important to know the process that is involved and the benefits of being prepared. Preparation is needed so that the installation is correct and the appliance can be confirmed as being in proper working condition.

To install a new dryer, expect to pay an average of $680, which includes the appliance purchase, power cord, free delivery, and installation by an appliance professional.

Cost factors

A dryer installation for new home construction or a home remodeling may require an electrician for the 240V outlet, or a gas line and the hookups. The cost of hiring an electrician ranges from $65 to $85 per hour. The dryer installation with the protected outlets, building code compliance, and proper connections to the electric panel could be verified by the electrician. The project may be more costly if the laundry room is far from the electrical panel, or the dryer room is not close to an exterior wall. Additional materials and labor would be required, which will affect costs.

In some instances, homeowners may want to change the power source for a new dryer. For example, if an electric dryer may be more affordable and you don’t want a gas connection to predetermine your new dryer selection. Most electric dryers require a 240V electrical outlet and a vent. If you need to install a new outlet, the location of the electrical panel is something to note; generally it is less expensive if the appliances are in a room that is closer to the electric panel. If the electric panel is far from the laundry room it could cost an additional $300-$800. Sometimes the household electricity cost makes a gas dryer the more economical option in the long run, but installing new gas lines can cost between $150 and $1,000.

Prep work

Before your new dryer arrives, make sure you have a new electrical cord and a 240V outlet within 4 feet of the vent. The homeowner should verify the outlet type before committing to the new appliance and then empty and unplug the old dryer before delivery day.

Several stores offer free, comprehensive appliance delivery, with basic hook up service, on appliance purchases of $396 or more. The professionals will handle everything, from uncrating to set up and connection of the freestanding appliance. The availability of free standard delivery may change in different states and the required minimum amount of the appliance purchase may also fluctuate to qualify for free service installations. The new dryer should be inspected for defects or damage before you accept delivery.

Types

There are many options of dryers to choose from. Their advantages and disadvantages should be taken into consideration before making any decision:

TypesProsCons

Vented dryers

($400-$1,100)

Short drying times

Higher capacity

Lower average cost than ventless dryers

Usually less noisy

Uses more energy than a ventless dryer

Average utility costs may be higher with frequent use of the dryer

Condensing dryers

($750-$2,900)

Very few restrictions with where the dryer is positioned

Easy to install

Higher average cost

Requires more maintenance

Less efficient

Heat pump dryers

$500-$1,480

Environmentally friendly

Gentle on clothes

Energy efficient

Less heat emitted into surroundings

Higher average cost

Heating efficiencies with multiple loads

Washer-dryers

($680-$2,400)

Best cycle times

Energy efficiency

Good fabric care

Installation costs for electric or gas lines

Steam compression dryers

($650-$4,000)

Extra steam cycle

Better deodorizing of fabric

Reduces wrinkles

Higher average purchase cost


Features

For those doing laundry frequently, larger-capacity dryers with better energy ratings are good purchases to help simplify those household tasks. Convenience and comfortability are reasons to select a dryer with a drum light and a door that opens two ways for easier loading and unloading. Some other features include easy-to-read dual electronic displays for settings and a sensor 1 dry system to measure moisture levels and adjust drying time. Wi-fi connectivity is appreciated by users already employing smart home technology so they can monitor the dryer remotely. Special cycles can be used for wrinkle care options and steam cleaning. Maintenance is simpler with features like the easy-to-access lint filter and vent blocking indicator to indicate when the duct should be cleaned.

Vents

There are many types of dryer vents. The run of vent tubing should go along the most direct route for better dryer efficiency, shorter drying times, and less wear on clothes. The installation should be easily serviceable for avoiding lint build-up and easier maintenance. Check the instructions from the manufacturer and local building codes when deciding on the type of ducting and the length of a dryer vent for your installation.

TypeCharacteristicsCost
Aluminum

Most common type

Heavy duty

Fire resistant

Can be used for both electric and gas dryers

$10.74/4”x8’
Semi-rigid duct

Stronger

Flexible

Smooth interior

$12.70/4”x 6’
Plastic or vinyl 2 duct

Has a thin plastic wall

Not allowed by most building codes

$13.89/4”x20’
Rigid metal duct

For concealed duct installations

Cannot be bent

$16.50/4”x60”
Slim duct

Used for small spaces

Transition duct

For vertical, horizontal, and diagonal installations

$27.57/4”x31”


Labor

There are several benefits to having an appliance professional assist with the installation of a dryer. Proper functioning of the appliance is confirmed and verified with warmer temperatures of the clothes in the dryer. The appliance guide can be referenced to understand features and options of the dryer. Installing the dryer will also require a check of the circuit breaker to the dryer circuit to ensure it is turned off during installation. If it is a gas dryer the pipe’s valve is closed to the gas supply line. The professional can also check the dryer vent. The installation process should be less than 3 hours with a trained appliance professional and a new purchase of a dryer. The cost of hiring an electrician ranges from $65 to $85 per hour.

Brands

Knowing the most common dryer brands can be helpful. Comparing brands can make it simpler when making your purchase. Consider that some brands have favorable reports for washers, dryers, or both.

BrandsProsCons

Frigidaire

($340-$750)

Drying cycles for casuals

Delicates and heavy duty

Lower quality than other brands

Samsung

($580-$710)

Steam technology

Sensor dry

Durability

Operating costs

Whirlpool

($510-$910)

Autodry system to prevent overdrying

Wide opening hamper door

Noise level

Kenmore

($520-$850)

High quality

Smartdry plus technology

Noise level

Durability

Maytag

($550-$950)

Intellidry sensor

Energy efficiency

Sanitize cycle

EnergyStar

Purchase price of appliance

Operating costs

Electrolux

($810-$1,300)

8.0 Cu. Ft. large capacity dryer

Reversible door

Customer support

Drying times

LG

($890-$1,400​)

Smart home enabled

Sensor dry system

Warranty

User friendliness with settings and controls

Noise level


*We selected different brands to improve and clarify the information contained in this cost guide. We do not receive any monetary compensation from these companies.

Energy efficiency

Installing energy-efficient appliances may be a good idea if you need to apply for a tax credit. You can consult your appliance professional or contractor for more information.

Dryers with an EnergyStar certification use approximately 20% less energy than standard models. The advanced features combine sensor drying with less heat to prevent over-drying and save energy.

Also, contacting the local utility company could help save on electric bills if there is a certain time of the day that costs less to run an appliance such as a dryer. Some utility companies offer energy cost savings with time allotments for household tasks such as drying clothes.

Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance are part of keeping the dryer running more efficiently for drying clothes with the least amount of energy usage. There are standard dryer vent cleaning kits and duct brushes available for cleaning the ducts. Referring to the owner’s handbook for the appliance is helpful to know how to use the settings and determine the cleaning suggestions for the dryer. The handbook can be checked for lint cleaning and maintenance of the trap housing if necessary. The inside of the dryer drum can be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth. You can prevent clogging of the dryer and having to perform any repairs by conducting routine annual inspections. Inspections cost around $60.

Gas vs electric dryer

Choosing between an electric or gas dryer can be simplified. The available hookups and additional costs to do a power conversion in a laundry area should be the main considerations. The types of dryers have additional pros or cons for the purchase costs, clothing care, and energy efficiencies.

Dryer typeProsCons
Electric dryer

Lower average appliance cost

Simpler installation

Gentler on clothes

May be more costly to run with utility rates

Most standard models require a 240V outlet

Gas dryer

Drying times

Reduce electricity costs

Reduce environmental impact

Average appliance cost is higher than electric models

Regular safety and maintenance checks

Requires dedicated gas line


Enhancement and improvement costs

Upgrading the electrical panel

An electrician may be required to upgrade the electrical panel and install hookups for a dryer installation in a different room or newly constructed home. This would apply if there is not an existing 240V outlet for the dryer in the selected appliance location. The new electrical outlet will also increase the costs for materials and labor. An electrician is required for the connection to the electrical panel and installation of the new electrical outlet in the desired location for the new dryer. If the electric panel is far from the new location of the dryer it could cost an additional $300-$800.

New gas line installation

Gas line installation will require an electrician, gas line connector kit, and gas valve. Gas dryers typically are cost-effective only if a preexisting supply of gas is available where the dryer is to be located. New gas lines can cost between $150 and $1,000.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Since your home’s dryer outlet may vary, almost all manufacturers sell dryer cords separately. Homes built after the year 2000 are required by the national electrical code to have four-prong outlets. Typically, older homes have three-pronged outlets. With the purchase of a new dryer, verify the cost of the new cord purchase and make sure it will be included with the free delivery, installation, and quality-check for an undamaged product. Typically, the cost of a new three-pronged cord is $29 and a four-pronged cord is $24.
  • The professional delivery and additional hook up service is also available for gas dryers. The materials and preparation checks include a gas flex connection kit, available natural gas line, 110V grounded three-prong electrical outlet, and gas shut off directly behind the appliance. A gas dryer will also need venting for the appliance.
  • Check your local resources for building code regulations related to dryer installations.
  • Some types of compact dryers are available for a 110V outlet. These dryers are sometimes used in RVs, dormitories, or apartments. Also, international companies are producing 110V dryers and innovative washers that are portable and easily stored away when not in use.
  • While estimating the project costs, the professional can discuss any permits and licensing that would be needed to prepare for the dryer installation.
  • NSF Ratings are for sanitizing or antibacterial cycles for household laundry. Certified dryers must reduce 99.9 of microorganisms and disallow contamination to the next dryer loads.
  • The average cost is $20 to haul away the old appliance, or the homeowner can have it moved to a different room.
  • Some dryers offer a reversible door feature. An arrangement can be made prior to delivery for the dryer door to be configured for easier loading of your clothes or to better fit in the laundry area.
  • There are several DIY tutorials online for installing a dryer. However, it is advised that you contact an appliance professional instead of doing it yourself. There are several benefits to having your dryer installed by a professional: experience with dryer installations, proper tools for cord hookups, knowledge of power shut-offs for the install, and expertise for managing the outlet distance from the appliance.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to install a dryer?

To install a new dryer, expect to pay an average of $680. That includes the appliance purchase, power cord, free delivery, and installation by an appliance professional.

  • How much does it cost to install a washer and dryer?

The average cost is $1,350 for a simple hookup and appliances.

  • Is it hard to install washer and dryer hookups?

The installation requires an electrician for the dryer hookup with either a gas line or a 240V outlet. Connecting to the electric panel also requires a professional.

  • How much does it cost to install a hand dryer?

There are many types of hand dryers and the installation can be simple for a professional. The average cost is $320 with electricity and a heat warmer.

  • Do dryers need to be vented outside?

Vented dryers need to be vented outside, but there are also ventless dryers. Check the information from the manufacturer for ventless and vented dryers.

  • What do I need to install dryer?

You will need the appliance and the correct cord or gas connection kit. An electrician or appliance professional will have the tools for the hook ups.

  • How long should a dryer vent be?

The run of vent tubing should go along the most direct route for better dryer efficiency, shorter drying times, and less wear on clothes. Check the instructions from the manufacturer and building codes when deciding on the type of ducting and the length of a dryer vent needed for your installation.

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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Alloway, NJ
+28%
Alpharetta, GA
+9%
Amherst, MA
+4%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Boston, MA
+40%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cary, NC
-5%
Chantilly, VA
+5%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Clarksville, TN
-13%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Folsom, CA
+6%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Houston, TX
+24%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
League City, TX
+31%
Lewisburg, PA
-7%
Littleton, CO
+2%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Ravenel, SC
-6%
Sacramento, CA
+8%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Jose, CA
+33%
Santa Ana, CA
+20%
Seattle, WA
+9%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
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