We recently boug a new townhouse in Los Angeles. We were given an
electric dryer but realize we have a gas hook-up. I have heard it is
possible to use an electric dryer with a gas hook-up, but is this
inefficient? How does one go about doing this?
Thanks for your help!
What are you asking; converting an electric dryer to NG?!
You would have to put a 240v line in for the dryer. Unless you can do it
yourself (which seems unlikely) it would be cheaper to buy a gas dryer.
Since you asked how to do it rather than whether it was advisable....You
could probably rewire it so only the fan and drum motor were being operated
off 110v. You would not have any heat, although if the dryer was in the
garage and it was the middle of Summer, the heat in the garage wouldn't be
all that much lower than a dryer's normal low heat. It would be easier to
run a gas dryer without gas. As someone else advised, I would trade it off
for a used gas dryer. Someone out there must be in the reverse of your
Almost all dryer hookups have a dryer outlet for an electric dryer. In
an all-electric house, there will be no gas supply pipe. My house has
both because we have natural gas as well as electricity. I cannot
imagine a townhouse without a 220-volt outlet for the dryer.
It will either have 3-holes or 4-holes in the outlet. If your electric
dryer has a 3-prong plug and the townhouse has a 4-hole outlet, it's
simple enough to swap out the cord on the dryer for a 4-prong plug.
The same is true if it's mismatched the other way around.
Look for a round, single-outlet with 3-4 holes in it. When you find
it, plug in the dryer there. Electric dryers are very common. Gas
dryers are typically a special-order item.
If there was an outlet there, don't you think she would just use it?
(well, I would like to think no one is that stupid...)
My old house didn't have 240v at the dryer; presumably because it would be
foolish to use electricity if gas was available.
you shold not convert a 4 prong outlet to a 3 prong, it can be
gas dryers are the standard in some parts of the country, its very
regional. gas dryers typically save big bucks on operating expense in
comparison to electric
What the OP is asking is if he can convert a 240 dryer to 110. Yes,
you can. There are three wires at the terminal block where a 240
pigtail connects. The neutral white wire remains neutral, but one of
the red or black (the one that completes the element circuit, not the
one that goes to the motor) needs to connect with neutral. Then
connect a 110 pigtail to the remaining hot and neutral wires. In
effect, you will be completing the element circuit to N instead of L2.
Of course, what this means is that you are going to do some cutting and
splicing, and when you move to another place that has 240, you will
need to either repair what you did, or call someone to do it for you.
And remember: a 240 dryer running on 110 will dry slower because the
element is running at half the watts. Figure an 2 hours for an average
It may be easier to just buy a gas dryer. I arranged for one for a
friend the other day, on sale at Lowes, for about $265.
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