Clothes Dryer - Gas

How It Works

Natural gas and propane gas clothes dryers use a rotating drum and hot gas burner to get the job done. The dryer pulls air through its vents, across the gas burner and into the drum where the super-heated air quickly dries clothes as moisture is carried outside through an exhaust vent.

What Can Go Wrong?

The gas dryer relies on temperature sensors to control the drying cycle and prevent overheating. If a sensor fails, it may cause the unit to shut down. The rotating drum relies on an electric motor and drive belt. Check the drive belt if your drum stops rotating and replace it if necessary. The hot, linty environment may eventually cause the electric motor to fail. Check out our maintenance tips for simple ways to avoid costly problems.

Environmental Impact

Gas dryers use electricity to power controls, fans and motors. A typical gas dryer might consume 700 watts (W) or about 220 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually - much less than an electric dryer. This would result in about 338 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Gas versus Electric Dryer

Gas dryers are more cost effective in areas where gas is cheaper than electricity. In the long run, you can save energy and money by switching to natural gas. However, gas dryers are typically more expensive and require a pre-installed natural gas line or propane supply to operate.


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