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.Know More
The new dryer should fit in the same location as the old dryer. Disconnect the old dryer from power and the vent. Move it out of the way.
Even though your home has natural gas installed, builders don't always install an outlet for the dryer. Contact a plumber to install the outlet if one is not present.
Go to the meter that serves the home. Turn the valve so it's perpendicular to the pipe from the meter.
Gas lines that are not in use should have a cap in place. Use the pipe wrench to remove the cap, apply thread lubricant and install an appropriately sized valve for the connector you are using.
Connect one end of the flexible pipe to the dryer and the other to the valve. Connect the dryer vent. Plug the dryer into a 110-volt electrical outlet.
Turn the gas on at the meter. Open the valve behind the dryer. Test the connections for leaks.
Move the dryer into position, and level it by adjusting the legs.
There is a higher demand for electric dryers than for natural gas dryers, most likely due to the lower initial cost of electric dryers. In a 2009 survey conducted by the Energy Information Administration, electric dryers were in 71.8 million U.S. households, while natural gas dryers were in 17.5 million.Full Answer >
Gas dryers operate more efficiently, but electric dryers are a bit easier to install and move. Since gas dryers require a dedicated gas line, they can't be used in areas where gas in not available.Full Answer >
Drying one load of laundry costs between 15 to 33 cents for a gas dryer versus 32 to 41 cents for electric dryers depending upon the utility provider, reports California's Consumer Energy Center. Gas dryers cost about $50 more for an initial purchase but are cost effective later.Full Answer >
The reason an individual may want to choose an electric dryer over a gas dryer is because electric dryers have a lower up front cost, have several models available, don't require much equipment to operate and can be installed anywhere. A gas infrastructure is necessary for a gas dryer.Full Answer >