Please welcome General Manager Tom Gray to my blog! Here is Tom’s post about gas vs. electric dryers.
Are all dryers electric? Yes. Is your dryer heated by gas or electric? That’s a question that I ask all customers who get a new dryer installed because many times they think it’s electric when it’s actually gas. And it makes a BIG difference.
Electric dryers have one electrical connection to a 240 volt outlet, the outlet can be either a 3-prong or 4-prong, both are usually 30amp which is the standard for dryers. Some older Electric dryers may be “hard-wired” directly to a junction box (typically not up to current electric codes).
Electric Dryers do not come with cords. You will need to check your plug type and purchase a new cord when you buy your new dryer. It is not recommended to re-use old cords. If you have a larger gray plug it would be a 240v 3-prong, if you have a larger black plug it is a 240v 4-prong, if you don’t see a plug but just a heavy wire going into a junction box you have a hard-wired dryer. If you see a standard plug (115v) you have a gas dryer.
Gas dryers have an electric wire plugged into a standard 115v 3-prong outlet, (runs the motor and timers), AND a gas connector. Gas connectors are either Stainless Steel or could be coated with yellow substance. Gas dryers do not come with the gas connector; NEVER re-use an old gas connector; they deteriorate over time from the corrosive properties in the gas.
Gas dryers are normally set for natural gas. If you have LP-gas, or Propane gas you will need to tell your retailer prior to purchasing. Usually you need to purchase a conversion kit and have someone convert the dryer from natural gas to LP-gas. Most dryers also need to be vented to the outside with a standard 4” round vent, not supplied with dryer.
If you’re still not sure if your dryer is gas or electric, just take a picture of the connecting cables and either email it to us at email@example.com or bring it in and we can help you out. The main point is: you do not want to run into this problem on the day your new dryer is getting installed.
Guest blogger Tom Gray is General Manager of Mrs. G TV & Appliances and has been in the appliance business for over 40 years. His son Chris is also part of the Mrs. G team as manager.