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g_money 06-20-2013 01:30 PM

Gas or electric dryer?
 
Need to get a new dryer, what's more cost efficient and dries clothes faster? I can to go either way, as the current one is electric, but there is a gas hook up available in my laundry room.

Also, is there a way to convert the dryer from gas to electric or vice versa? Or do I have to buy one or the other? (I realize this is probably a stupid question, but my wife is making me ask anyway :censored:)

ddawg16 06-20-2013 01:43 PM

You have to buy the dryer as gas or electric. No way to convert them.

Unless gas is real expensive in your area and electric cheaper (helps to have your location in your profile)...gas is by far cheaper. Drying time will be the same. You can only get the clothes so hot with out causing a fire or melting the polyester.

One note...gas dryers are typically more expensive to buy...usually about $75 more...but are cheaper to run.

jagans 06-20-2013 03:55 PM

Gas, Hands down. I will add to this that a front load washer decreases drying time by about 2/3 due to their high spin speed. Mine spins at 1500RPM in hi. As far as I know, no top load does this.

No you can not convert the electric. At least not for less than the price of a new gas dryer.

TarheelTerp 06-20-2013 04:13 PM

Gas is the best choice for everything: water heater, furnace, stove, dryer, etc. Everything else is make do.

ddawg16 06-20-2013 04:16 PM

Side note....in California you can no longer install electric resistive heat in your house....has to be gas or heat pump.

jagans 06-20-2013 04:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1204570)
Side note....in California you can no longer install electric resistive heat in your house....has to be gas or heat pump.

So heat pumps cant have emergency heat then I guess huh? You know the toaster strips?

ddawg16 06-20-2013 04:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jagans (Post 1204589)
So heat pumps cant have emergency heat then I guess huh? You know the toaster strips?

Good question...I guess they can...I'm thinking that the wording is something to the effect of "Primary Heating"...

chitownken 06-20-2013 05:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TarheelTerp (Post 1204569)
Gas is the best choice for everything: water heater, furnace, stove, dryer, etc. Everything else is make do.

Electric is better for ovens, as you can better control the airflow. Gas is better for the cooktop, but induction is close. Dual-fuel stove? best of both worlds.

alexjoe 06-25-2013 08:35 AM

Well the You can alone get the clothes so hot with out causing a blaze or melting the polyester.

gregzoll 06-25-2013 11:09 AM

Yes, it is called selling which ever one you have and purchasing the other. Some people purchase gas because it is lower in costs, than electric in their area. I am lucky to be in an area that both gas & electric are low, so you see a mix of the two types being purchased.

It is really up to you which one you purchase. The deciding factor being cost for the utility that you plan on using to run the heating portion.


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