The cost of operating a dryer varies depending on several factors; however, electric dryers usually cost between 32 and 41 cents per load, while gas units operate at between 15 and 33 cents per load, according to California's Consumer Energy Center. Gas dryers generally operate at a higher temperature and complete the job in less time, which reduces their energy consumption, but they require a larger initial investment.Know More
SF Gate uses the Northern California PG&E rates to calculate the rate per hour of operating the two types of dryers. Their breakdown shows that in 2014, the cost for an electric unit is 25 cents per hour, and a gas unit, considering both electricity to operate the tumbler and gas for the flame, is 23 cents per hour.
While other major appliances carry a yellow EnergyGuide label for consumer use, dryers vary little from one model to the next in the amount of energy they require, so the Federal Trade Commission exempts them from labeling.
While the cost savings of a gas dryer may seem like a great idea, natural gas is not available in all homes. In addition, even in homes where it is available, there is often not an outlet in the laundry room, and the addition of one requires the services of a plumber.Learn more about Washers & Dryers
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 >
Repair steps for a Whirlpool dryer vary depending on the issue, but may include resetting electrical connections for electric dryers, replacing the thermal fuse, replacing the heating element or cleaning out the vent hose. If the problem remains, it is necessary to hire a Whirlpool repair technician.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 >
To repair a broken dryer, determine whether the dryer is covered by a warranty, and then contact the manufacturer if the warranty is active. To repair a dyer without assistance, it is necessary to find the problem, and purchase the parts needed to resolve the issue. Repairs may take several hours and requires basic tools.Full Answer >