It is not possible to convert a gas dryer to electric. According to the Sears parts team, the number of necessary parts that must be switched out for an attempted conversion costs as much as three new machines. In addition, manufacturers do not cover converted dryers.
Both gas and electric dryers use electric motors to turn the drums, and both use electric fans to move the warm air. It is the source of the heat that differs between the two. Gas dryers use gas burners to increase temperatures, while the heating coils of most electric dryers run on a 240-volt current.
One possible dryer conversion is to alter a gas dryer so that it accepts a liquefied petroleum gas, or LP, hook-up. However, even this is not possible with all gas dyers. The adaptation should be done by a qualified technician.Learn More
To install a gas dryer, a total of 10 steps must be completed, explains DoItYourself. Turn off the gas, install the gas connections for a gas dryer, shut the electrical power off, check the vent hole, clean up, use the pipe dope, check for leaks, fasten the vent hose, plug in the gas dryer and turn it on.Full Answer >
Every gas dryer model is slightly different; the instruction manual or manufacturer's specifications contains instructions to safely light the pilot light of a gas dryer. Most modern appliances do not have pilot lights and instead rely on piezoelectric spark to light the gas. Problems with this type of light are best handled by the manufacturer or an authorized repair technician.Full Answer >
If a home has a gas line hookup in the laundry area, it is equipped for a gas dryer. If the laundry area has a 240-volt outlet, it is equipped for an electric dryer. A 240-volt outlet is larger than normal and is twice the strength of a normal household outlet. If neither is present, either a gas line or a 240-volt outlet can be professionally installed.Full Answer >
Gas dryers are less expensive to operate than electric dryers and dry clothes faster. In many homes, a gas outlet is already in place. To install the unit you need a gas valve, pipe wrench, flexible gas pipe connector and pipe thread lubricant. Installation should take less than 1 hour.Full Answer >