Gas vs Electric Dryers: What’s the Difference?

Did you know that a good dryer can add to the resale value of your home and potentially provide energy savings? 

That’s because new dryers provide a bonus to potential home buyers. Even if you’re not planning on selling anytime soon, a quality dryer is a staple in your home. 

So what type of dryer you need to choose: gas vs electric? Read on to learn everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

Gas Vs Electric: What to Know

When it comes to choosing new dryer, there seem to be a plethora of choices. Depending on your budget and desired style, you could choose from basic to tech-savvy models. Thankfully both gas and electric dryers have similar life spans of 13-14 years.

The real price difference comes if you need to add a gas line or 240v outlet. This will require hiring a licensed professional to install to avoid potential gas leaks or fires. 

The best way to see what options you have is to look at what hookups you’re currently using for your dryer. If you do not have gas hookup or a 240v outlet and want to add one, you’ll need to call the appropriate specialists.

Finding the right laundry appliances can be tricky, so let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about each type of dryer.

Gas Dryers

Contrary to its name, gas dryers utilize both gas and electricity to dry your laundry. While electricity powers the controls and inner drum, the heat comes from propane or natural gas. Since it uses both efficiently, it dries clothes faster than electric dryers because it generates heat faster. 

While new electric and gas models will be similarly priced, gas dryers do cost on average around $100 more upfront. They will also require more maintenance from a licensed plumber throughout the years which will add to its cost. However, since they dry laundry faster, you’ll save more on energy bills over time.

It is important to note that there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or fire with gas dryers. Thankfully, with proper installation and a carbon monoxide detector nearby, those risks drastically decrease. If you choose this type of dryer, you’ll need a gas hookup, standard outlet, and a vent to the outside. 

Average prices for a gas dryer can range from $899-$1399, depending on the brand, style, and functionality.

Electric Dryers

Electric dryers use electric coils to heat your laundry. Since they don’t heat up as fast or as hot as gas dryers, they require more time to fully dry. On the plus side, electric dryers are quick to install and less expensive to maintain, since they don’t need to worry about gas leaks in the home. 

It will need a 240-volt outlet and a vent to the outdoors unless it’s a ventless model. A ventless electric dryer will take even longer to dry which is important to note. There is also a small chance of electrocution, but that’s usually only through improper usage and not regularly changing the lint filter. 

Average prices can range from $799-$1299 for electric dryers, depending on how many bells and whistles you want.

Upgrade Your Dryer, Today!

Now that you have a better idea of the pros and cons of gas vs electric dryers, you can start budgeting for which one you’d like. Make sure to check which hookups you have first to help inform your decision.

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