Depending on the brand and model, a clothes dryer uses between 1,800 and 5,000 watts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. On average, dryers use approximately 3,000 watts per hour. Over 4 percent of a household's energy consumption comes from using a clothes dryer.Continue Reading
Based on residential clothes dryers used in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates an annual:
The EPA predicts advances in dryer technology, including heat pumps, will help make dryers more energy efficient and reduce harmful CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent.
The best way to save on overall household energy costs is to limit dryer use by hanging clothes to dry.Learn more about Washers & Dryers
Troubleshoot a broken clothes dryer by first examining the outside vent. Make sure the external outlet vents warm air outside. If it doesn't, check the lint trap to ensure the dryer receives proper airflow, then check the vent duct. It may need to be straightened out, cleaned or replaced./
To repair a dryer, determine whether the appliance is covered by a warranty. If a warranty is not active, locate the malfunctioning part and install a replacement, or purchase a dryer maintenance kit and install it. Most parts can be replaced in a few hours.Full Answer >
Restricted airflow, a malfunctioning cycling thermostat or a misaligned heating element can cause a clothes dryer to overheat. Regular cleaning of the filter and vent is necessary to prevent overheating caused by restricted airflow.Full Answer >
A dryer can take a long time to dry clothes if the vent that leads outside is blocked. This causes moisture-laden air to become trapped in the dryer with no place to go.Full Answer >