How Much Does it Cost to Repair a Dryer?
When my dryer stopped working this past summer, I wasn’t too worried. After creating a DIY clothesline in my sunny backyard, my clothes not only dried quickly, but smelled like fresh summer breezes. Of course, the first rainy day and it all came to a sudden halt.
After hanging my damp clothes over every hanging spot I could find in my house (including my son’s crib), I scrambled to schedule an appointment with an appliance repair person. A few days (and damp clothes later), I was told that the dryer repair was an easy fix that I could have (and should have) dealt with right away.
Costs to repair a dryer can vary greatly depending on the problem and necessary labor. And having an appliance home warranty in place before the breakdown would have been a huge lifesaver. But here’s what I learned that can help you avoid my same mistakes:
What’s the problem?
According to Fixr.com, the national average cost for a dryer repair is $180, which includes expenses for labor and parts. This being said, there are a lot of common washer and dryer problems that you can troubleshoot yourself and are relatively inexpensive to repair. If the problem is more severe, like a broken cap or busted drum, it’s definitely time to call in a professional. These repairs can cost upwards of $400 (yikes!)
Identifying the problem is the best way to estimate the cost of a dryer repair. For instance, a common problem is a dryer that won’t spin. This could be caused by any number of things, like malfunctions of the motor, capacitor or belt. If you’re unlike me and handy, you may be able to accomplish a dryer belt replacement yourself for as little as $8 (the cost of a replacement belt from Lowe’s.)
Do your homework
Because costs for dryer repair can be expensive, it may be more cost-effective to simply purchase a new one if a major problem renders it unusable. The major shopping holidays throughout fall and winter are actually some of the best times to purchase a washer and dryer.
Just keep in mind future repair costs. As Home Depot explains, electric dryers are more common and require a four-prong plug for installation. This means they are easier and usually less expensive to repair. A gas dryer, while more efficient at drying clothes faster, does require installation of a gas line and proper venting. For this reason, gas dryer repair costs can be slightly more expensive depending on the issue.
My advice: Always do your homework on a dryer before purchasing to understand the possible repair costs that could occur.
The best way to reduce costs while receiving quality repairs for your dryer is to be prepared with a plan before the issue arises. With plans from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe, you can have the peace of mind knowing the costs of covered repairs to your appliances and home system will be taken care of.
Don’t be stuck with damp clothes for days. Be ready with a plan from TotalHome Warranty and when something goes wrong, you’ll receive reliable service from local, licensed technicians - when you need it the most.