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Consider a gas dryer for your laundry room

What is the difference between a gas dryer and an electric dryer?

Both electric and gas dryers use heat, air, and tumbling to dry your clothing and linens. But they work differently.

A gas dryer uses a gas burner with an igniter that lights when the sensor on a motor causes it to do so once when it reaches full speed. Another sensor opens a gas valve and a blower or fan circulates the heated air to dry your clothes. It requires a standard 110/115-volt outlet to power the drum, fan, lights, and controls. And it uses natural gas or propane to generate heat, which requires a gas line to be run in your home.

By contrast, an electric dryer connects via a large 3- or 4-pronged 240-volt electrical outlet. It uses a heating element that causes electric current to travel through a heating coil. This builds up electrons which then heat the metal and the air. A blower or fan then sends the heated air to the drum to dry your clothes.

What are the advantages of a gas dryer?

A 240-volt outlet is more commonly found in laundry rooms so installing an electric dryer is generally easier. For a gas dryer, you need to have a professional run a gas line.

So, the outright cost of a gas dryer is typically less than an electric dryer, but you’ll have to pay to have a gas line run if it isn’t already there, or at the very least, for a professional to hook it up.

But in the long-term, gas dryers are more energy efficient, and the cost of gas is typically less than electricity. Which means a gas dryer can save you money in the long run.

What to consider when choosing a gas dryer?

Make sure a gas line is hooked up and a professional gas fitter connects the dryer before use. If you’re building a new home, work this out ahead of time. If you’re buying a new or existing home, inquire about whether a gas line is set up or not before you buy a new dryer.

Most electric and gas dryers from brands like Samsung, Amana, Whirlpool, GE, Maytag, Electrolux, and Frigidaire, have similar features, wash cycles, and technologies, so you don’t have to worry about missing out if you go one way or the other.

In terms of design, many gas dryers are front load and some are stackable with compatible washers and optional kits.

If you already have a washing machine, you want it to match: several finishes are available like white, platinum, titanium, and chrome. You also want to get the right size to fit your laundry area and home. Gas dryers come with drum sizes ranging from as small as 6.5 cubic feet for smaller laundry rooms up to 8.8 cubic feet.