Dryer replacement - electric or gas???
Many thanks for your different recommendations. Yesterday afternoon, my wife & I bought an electric based "large drum" dryer. A simple "remove the broken one and slide in the new one" approach. NO additional gas piping to do. It will be delivered tomorow morning.
On the white board "math calculations" perspective, we should have bought natural gas. In my area, natural gas is much less expensive then electric. And I keep reading that gas takes less then 1/2 the time - when compared to electric dryers. Thus, even more "operating cost" savings. During the summer months, we use our clothes line. Thus, we only run our dryer in the winter or summer rainy days. Within the next few years, we plan to move to a different home. In our new house (which will be "in the country") it probably won't have gas. Most country homes in my area are full electric with backup generators. Thus, the other reason why we went for electric dryer replacement. If we take this new dryer appliance with us, its a simple "plug in" at the new house as well.
While the dryer is pulled out, I will also replace our washing machine's water feed hoses. Replace the 22 year old rubber lines with new technology steel braded lines. And, replace the old "plastic flex hose" dryer vent with the new technology steel flex hose. Thus, reduce future risk of problems with these items as well. Especially the plastic flex hose - which no longer meets building code.
Many thanks for your feedback....