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.Continue Reading
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
Installing a tumble dryer requires pipe wrap tape suitable for gas connections, a stainless steel connector, flexible gas supply pipe, dishwashing liquid for gas dryers, 3/4-inch sheet metal screws, duct tape, a level, and straight and elbow metal duct piping. With one small exception, the procedure for installing both gas and electric dryers is the same. Always check the machine's owner manual for specific installation instructions.Full Answer >
You are able to fix many tumble dryer problems on your own, often in less than an hour. Most repairs require basic hand tools. Use a multimeter to help diagnose electrical issues.Full Answer >
The lint trap of a dryer should be cleaned after each load, the interior of a dryer should be cleaned at least three times a year, and the duct should be cleaned annually. Regular cleaning improves a dryer's efficiency and reduces the risk of fire hazards.Full Answer >
The fitting of a tumble dryer vent starts by ensuring that the water supplies are turned off at the mains and that all water remaining in the piping is allowed to drain away. This is accomplished by running a tap until no more water comes out of the pipe. After this comes fitting the back end of the vent into the tumble dryer.Full Answer >