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The Difference between Gas and Electric Dryers

Updated October 25, 2021

Gas and electric dryers offer comparable performance, convenience, and innovation in a variety of sizes, capacities, and styles. The key difference between gas and electric dryers is how the air is heated to dry your laundry. Gas dryers use propane or natural gas to generate heat, while electric dryers use metal heating coils powered by electricity.

Wondering which type your house is set up for? Search for the washer and dryer hookups in your laundry room to determine whether you have a gas or electric dryer setup. Not all homes are able to accommodate both gas and electric dryers.

How will I know whether I have a gas or electric dryer hookup?

Electric dryers require a 240V electric outlet. If your laundry room has a 240V electrical outlet, it is equipped for an electric dryer.

Gas dryers require both a gas supply line and a 120V electrical outlet. The electricity is required to tumble the clothes and run the fan. The gas or propane produces the heat that dries the clothes.

If you do not currently have a gas supply, you will need to arrange a professional installation to use a gas dryer. However, the upfront costs of adding a gas line may be offset by lower utility bills going forward.

Deciding Which is Right for Your Home

If your home is equipped for either type of dryer, you’ll want to consider all the pros and cons of each type of dryer before making your decision.

What are the benefits of gas dryers?

Looking for the most energy-efficient model? Gas models can be a more affordable option over the long run, as they use almost half the amount of electricity of their electric counterparts. Plus, as they run hotter, each load of laundry will dry more quickly. Since gas dryers dry laundry loads in half the time, they produce less static cling, cause fewer wrinkles and expand the longevity of your clothing.

When installing a gas dryer, you should hire an experienced professional to ensure your laundry room is properly vented to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have any gas appliances, install a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home to ensure you remain safe from potential leaks.

What are the benefits of electric dryers?

The immediate cost of an electric dryer is typically less than a gas dryer, especially if you incorporate the cost of installing a dedicated gas line. Electric dryers are easier to install than gas dryers and can be installed by a homeowner rather than a professional. Some newer electric dryers have a steam dry function that can help reduce wrinkles and static.
When installing an electric dryer, review the instructions carefully. If dryers aren’t installed properly they can be a fire hazard or pose a risk of electrocution due to improper installation or faulty wiring.

Looking for a new dryer that meets all your laundry needs?

At Queen City Audio Video & Appliances, our certified industry experts can discuss your laundry needs at any one of our six locations throughout North Carolina and provide access to all our dryers online. Search by brand, color, capability, and price from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

We also have matching washers, laundry pairs, stackable units and accessories to efficiently turn any size laundry room into an aesthetic and functional space.

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