Can You Convert an Electric Dryer to a Gas Dryer?

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No, an electric dryer cannot be converted to a gas dryer. The two types of dryers use incompatible power systems. To switch from electric to gas, a new dryer must be purchased. Gas dryer conversion kits are available for converting natural gas dryers to use liquid petroleum gas.

If no existing gas line runs to the area where the dryer is kept, one must be installed. This is particularly difficult and expensive if no gas line runs to the residence at all. This task is best suited to professional contractors and requires dig site approval from the local utility companies to ensure no electrical or water lines are jeopardized in the digging area.

Popular liquid petroleum fuels used to power dryers are propane and butane. These alternatives to electric and traditional gas dryers are more efficient at generating heat than other fuels used in dryers. Gas dryers of both types are more efficient than electric dryers, leading to shorter drying times and reduced wear on clothing.

Another advantage to liquid petroleum dryers is they do not require a municipal electric or gas line to be run to the home. Anyone with a propane tank can use it to fuel a dryer without digging and connecting to the power grid or gas lines.