Installing a new, efficient dryer can reduce energy costs and simplify laundry tasks. In addition to the features of your dryer, the condition of the installation site will contribute to the expense of installation, since any work needed to provide electric, gas, or ventilation connections will increase the cost of the job.
Residential and Business Location
The requirements of dryer installations are similar in homes and businesses, though the accessibility of the building and level of preparation needed may influence project costs. Dryers are installed for about $111 in single family homes, since laundry facilities are typically located in basements or on the first floor where accessing systems is usually straightforward. Access may be limited or difficult in apartments and businesses however, and the size and type of machines used in multi-unit and commercial buildings may vary. Large commercial or industrial dryers may cost more to set up than residential models, with rates averaging $130 for installations at apartments and $160 at businesses.
New Installations and Replacements
Installing a replacement dryer is generally simple, though making repairs or upgrades to prepare for a new appliance or convert to a different fuel may increase overall expenses. You may pay about $111 to set your dryer in an existing location, compared to $152 to install one in a new site. The difficulty and expense of installing a machine in a new spot depends mainly on whether electrical, gas, and ventilation connections are in place prior to installation. A qualified contractor should prepare any needed gas lines or wiring, so the skill level required and the accessibility of your home’s systems will affect installation rates.
Whether you prefer the economy of an electric dryer or the efficiency of gas, both types have specific installation requirements that may influence the cost of installation. Electric dryers require a 220 volt outlet on a dedicated circuit and cost an average of $111 to install. Gas dryers also require electricity for controls and operation, but need only a standard 110 volt outlet in addition to a gas supply line. It may cost about $140 to install a gas dryer, depending on the level of preparation that is required.
Your Dryer Installation
Understanding the requirements of your dryer installation can help you budget for the project. Discuss with your retailer or installer how the location of your dryer, accessibility of fuel and wiring, and disposal of an old unit may influence the cost of the job. A number of factors contribute to the total cost of your installation, so plan ahead to ensure a smooth and economical project.