In the last years, more and more homeowners have started to give up on the electrical appliances that consume high amounts of energy and focus on alternative solutions that come at a more affordable cost. One such example is the gas dryer.
Gas dryers do not make life easier, especially when you live in spaces that do not have a very large area on the balcony or terrace area. The ideal alternative to the washing machine with an integrated dryer and which is twice the price of a regular washing machine, a gas dryer facilitates much better management of tight and narrow spaces, so that not only will you benefit from drying laundry much faster, but also offers the possibility of always having an orderly space.
You will have to spend around $270 per year with an average household dryer and this is why most people go for a gas dryer. When compared to the eco-friendliness of this solution and the long-term savings, the first investment in the device, the installation, and other costs are nominal.
How much does it cost to install a gas dryer?
In the table below you will find the average costs of installing a gas dryer which provides 7.3. cubic feet of space and needs 30 AMP or 240 V electrical service at the site of installation.
|Item||Unit Cost||Quantity||Line Cost|
|Additional supplies||$100-$140 per installation||1||$100-$140|
|Labor Cost (installation)||$75-$100 per hour||3h||$225-$300|
|Labor Cost (removal/haul away)||$25-$75 fee||1h||$25-$75|
|Total Cost||1||$1,150-$1,665 each|
Many homeowners are surprised by the fact that the gas dryer installation process comes with some unexpected costs. For instance, the total costs of the project will increase significantly if there is a need for the gas line to be run. This work will cost anywhere between $450 and $1,200. Also, you will need to make sure that the electrical supplies are made properly and the place for the unit is made approximately four feet from electricity and venting. Plus, you will need someone to help you with removing the old equipment and haul away the debris.
It is important to mention that the gas dryer should come with one year warranty or even more and have multiple drying programs.
You may be able to save some money with a compact gas dryer model which requires a 100 volt. But the installation costs will be the same as the need for various elements and electrical work will still be there.
In case there are no pre-existing services or gas lines at the house, you will need a licensed professional to install the valves and others, and to run the line and connector kit.
The costs can increase by around $120 or even more, for installing venting, regardless of whether it is made of metal, aluminum, plastic, rigid, or any other material.
Surely the installation of a gas dryer is not a job you can do by yourself. This project must meet specific standards and codes, and this is why it is recommended to hire a professional for delivering and installing the machine. Also, you will need to hire a licensed contractor to come to your home and prepare the installation site.
Don’t let yourself be influenced by the online tutorials that are trying to convince you that the gas dryer installation is an easy job. You should not even consider working with the gas lines.
How do gas dryers work?
The gas dryer uses electricity only to start the appliance or spin. Otherwise, for heating and other operations, it uses gas (which is a heating agent, with the help of the burner). The power socket is larger, having 3-4 inputs. The supply is made from the gas pipe, through connections, like in the case of a stove or a gas stove.
What is the difference between a gas dryer and an electric dryer?
As you can see, both types of dryers use air, which generates heat. They also use centrifuge force to speed up the drying process.
The difference is that one uses the gas burner, and the other, metal elements, which it heats. In addition, the gas system requires a longer installation time, while the electric system is ready to go.
Which type of dryer is more efficient?
In terms of savings, the gas dryer offers the best ratio: up to 50% savings compared to the electric one. In terms of the purchase price, installation, and maintenance, the electric one is more efficient. It has a more affordable price, requires minimal installation time, and maintenance is easier.
In terms of actual drying efficiency, the gas dryer heats up faster. Which means the laundry dries faster. Amortization of the investment is achieved in a maximum of 2 years, in the case of the gas dryer. However, the electric dryer is simpler to install and has a more affordable price. And the options in the market are much more varied compared to the other type.