Dryer Vent Cleaning Cost

In this guide

Reasons to clean your dryer vent
Signs that you need to clean your dryer vent
Problems and treatments cost
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to clean a dryer vent?

A smooth running dryer vent prevents lint buildup and speeds up clothes drying. In most homes, the clothing dryer is a common appliance and is used on a regular basis.

The vent of the dryer gathers fluff, hair, and debris that accumulate when the clothing whirls around the machine. That’s why it should be emptied after each load. Unfortunately, not many people are in the habit of doing so, causing the debris to build up inside and clog the dryer vent.

Professional dryer vent cleaning costs from $90 to $450.

The cost may, however, increase if you require additional services, such as mold removal, or additional supplies are needed. The type of dryer vent you have and its current condition will also come into play.

Reasons to clean your dryer vent

Unfortunately, not everybody knows the importance of keeping dryer vents clean. Here are a few reasons why it should be done:

  • If left unserviced, the dryer vent can become a fire hazard. When lint is trapped in the dryer vent, it prevents the system from exhausting properly, causing it to overheat. There are 16,800 dryer vent fires every year according to the US Fire Administration, that can be avoided by cleaning the dryer vent.
  • Over time, the accumulation of lint and other debris increases energy consumption. Running your dryer vent through another cycle adds about $0.70 to your energy bill. A clogged venting system can cost the owner $18 and $24 in additional electrical supplies every month.
  • A clogged dryer vent can cause the appliance to run longer, increasing the wear and tear to the system, leading to more frequent repairs.
  • A clogged gas dryer can release harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, affecting your respiratory health, cleaning it results in better indoor air quality.
  • The appliance may overheat damaging clothes and the machine itself in the process. This may also lead to increased energy bills.

Signs that you need to clean your dryer vent

To prevent accidents and to ensure the safety of your family, it is imperative to have the dryer vent cleaned if any of the following signs shows:

  • The laundry room starts feeling much warmer than normal.
  • The dried clothing comes out of the dryer much warmer than normal.
  • Clothes start to come out damp after a normal cycle, causing the drying cycle to take longer.
  • The lint filter fills up unusually quickly or appears unnatural.
  • A rise in energy bills without any explanation.
  • Clothes from the dryer carry a musty smell.

Problems and treatments cost

The following table shows the common problems you might experience with your dryer vent and their solutions plus the cost of the treatments required.

ProblemSolutionCost
Bird Nest RemovalContact wildlife removal specialists as removing birds can be necessary.$100-$300

To prevent such incidents in the future, seal the exits of the vent with specially designed vent covers and ventilation screens.$4.47
Fully Clogged VentA fully clogged vent can be the result of excess buildup of lint, dirt and debris but can also be caused due to obstructions, such as dryer sheets, bird’s and rat dwelling. Contact a professional cleaning system.$160-$200
Wet LintCall a professional to clean the dryer lint screen.$100-$300

You can also invest in a dryer cleaning brush kit to get the job done yourself.$21
Disconnected or Broken Ducts or Plastic HoseInvest in new ductwork or plastic hose.$25-$28
CondensationConsider installing the vent through a window to promote maximum condensation. You may also invest in a vent flap.$6.71

Labor

Rather than contacting a handyman, it is worth getting in touch with a Dryer Exhaust Technician. These professionals are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and can greatly reduce the risk of further clogs.

A professional dryer vent cleaning session may cost $90 to $160, depending on the condition of the dryer vent. Typically, hourly projects cost $60-$100.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Disinfectant fog: disinfectant fog can be pumped into the air system to eliminate bad odor and microbiological contaminants that may be present inside the ductwork or in other parts of the system. Treatment  costs $50-$100.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Consumers should avoid inexpensive plastic dryer vent hoses at any cost as it increases the risk of fire.
  • Prevent debris from clogging the dryer by conducting annual routine inspections. Inspections cost around $60.
  • The US Fire Administration recommends the dryer vents should be cleaned once a year.
  • Use liquid fabric softener to reduce the amount of dirt and debris with each cycle. Additionally, allow the dryer to cool for at least 15 to 20 minutes before loading it back up again.
  • There are several DIY kits and tutorials online for cleaning the dryer vent. However, it is advised you contact a professional instead of doing it yourself.
  • It is best you choose a professional who is certified by an association.
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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Aldie, VA
+15%
Allen, TX
+23%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Buckley, WA
-1%
Chester, VA
-29%
Converse, TX
-5%
Elmira, NY
-7%
Fairfax, VA
+18%
Girard, OH
-23%
Kent, WA
+9%
Leicester, NC
-21%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Manchester, NH
+33%
Manhattan, KS
-11%
Murfreesboro, TN
-7%
Napa, CA
+15%
Norristown, PA
+44%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
+23%
Saint Louis, MO
+16%
San Antonio, TX
-4%
Sarasota, FL
-8%
Staten Island, NY
+26%
Tampa, FL
-2%
Wichita, KS
-13%

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