I have an electric dryer that is probably older than I am (a Maytag
DE606). It is no longer getting very hot so probably needs a new
element. I changed it once a few years ago and it is not a job I wish
to repeat (it's a real pita on these units). Last time it had broken
near the middle and the broken end was grounding out on the cabinet
allowing partial heat. The dryer also makes a lot of racket so
probably has some shot bearings (it is 30+ years old after all)
Looking to replace it but wonder, in general, what is cheaper to
operate, natural gas or electric? There is a gas hookup available.
Electricity is pretty cheap in our area, about 7 cents a kWh, but the
city is warning us to expect a 70% rate increase in the coming year.
I have no clue what gas costs, I would probably need to check with the
utility company or dig out a gas bill and check.
Thanks in advance.
Used to be wider apart from one another but with recent increases in
gas prices the electric dryer doesn't look as bad as it once did. Gas
dryer usually will always be less to operate than electric dryers are
from an energy use....but gas dryers cost more to purchase, more to
repair and more to install.
This might help...
Appliance Repair Aid
On 11 Mar 2005 20:37:44 -0800, "Appliance Repair Aid"
Thanks, Jeff. The prices aren't that much different to purchase, and
the local dealer will install either one for the same price, except
the additinal cost of the flexible gas line. Other than what you
mentioned, any other disadvantages of gas? My wife is concerened
about the possibility of a dyer fire. Is that a legitimate concern
over the electric if we keep the lint cleaned out? We have gas heat
and water heater and that doesn't seem to scare her.
You can have a fire with electric or gas. Keep the ductwork and dryer
clear from lint, insects, bird nests, etc. I suggest cleaning it at
least twice a year, more if you do several laundry loads a week.
Look at your utility bill for your gas per therm cost. You are at .07
kwh now a 70% increase brings you to .12 a kwh, and if taxes are added
after it could be alot more. Im at .123 kwh and at apx 1.05 a therm NG.
Electricity for me is Three times the cost of gas. Id say junk the
electric as it is old and needs work and get a gas dryer that senses
when clothes are dry and turns off the heat. You will notice a large
drop in overall utilities.
A gas dryer is typically less expensive to operate. Before you decide
your dryer needs to be replaced, clean out all the duct work, open the
dryer and clean out al the dust there too. Buildup in the exhaust can
greatly reduce efficiency. Perhaps not true, but I think gas dryers
are faster at drying a load with less static buildup. Gas dryers cost
a little more than electric. Consumer's Reports will tell you more
about the differences.
It is much easier to build a high output gas burner than to put very large
electric heaters in the same space so you cold have more efficient drying.
Given a choice, gas would be mine, 100% of the time.
This is Turtle.
Here in my area of South Louisiana they just built a Coal fired Electric power
Generator plant which can be converted to Natural gas in about 30 seconds. The
reason for going Coal was it could produce electricity at 8% cheaper rate than
Natural gas. Everybodys electric bill dropped 8% or more in the area but anytime
the plant has to go back to natural gas the rate goes back up 8%.
Plant Name and location.
CLECO Corp. [ Central Louisiana Electric Company -- Corperation ]
3 miles south of Eunice , Louisiana and other places
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