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05:41PM | 06/09/05
Member Since: 06/04/05
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Question ~ A house we're buying has an older electric dryer. The house has gas service. Would it be more efficient for us to buy a gas dryer and have it hooked up or should we bring our newer electric dryer from our current house? I'm not clear on what's best or most efficient, any ideas would be appreciated!! :)



09:14AM | 06/10/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
An electric dryer would have to be pretty inefficient to justify buying a whole new gas dryer ($450+?) to replace a working electric one. While a gas dryer may be *slightly* more energy efficient than an electric model, I doubt you'd ever make up the cost difference in any savings in energy you might get from going to gas.

BTW. It is my personal opinion that many makes and models of older dryers are much more reliable than newer ones. Depending on the brand and exact model, I might suggest you put some money into getting it checked out to insure proper operation rather than buying any new one, unless it is in bad shape. You can always replace it with a gas model when it finally craps out on its own.

PS. Check the dryer's ducting and correct it if needed (see the following link)! A proper vent will be needed whichever way you eventually go.

- How long can my dryer vent be?



Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site


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