Choosing a New Dryer

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Dryer RowChoosing a New Dryer

Gas vs. Electric & Helpful Shopping Tips

With over 30 years of trusted washer dryer repair service under our handy tool belts, Los Angeles Washer Dryer Repair Guru service technicians are experts at working on all the top brand name clothes dryers.

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Dryer 101 : Gas vs. Electric Dryers

Clothes dryers are powered by either gas or electricity. Electric dryers are usually cheaper to purchase but can cost more to operate. Gas dryers typically cost about $100 more than electric models, but they are more efficient and will save you money in the long run. Often the choice is not yours — the fuel source that is available in your home will dictate what type of dryer to purchase.

Both gas and electric clothes dryers work by heating air that is blown through a duct into a rotating drum. Gas dryers have a gas burner that does the heating; electric dryers have electric heating elements. Both types utilize electricity for the motor that turns the drum and the controls.

Los Angeles Washer Dryer Repair Guru takes great care when working on your dryer. Our service technician always unplug the dryer and turn off the gas supply to a gas dryer at the appliance shutoff valve prior to inspecting the machine.

washer dryer repair guruSensor vs. Thermostat

The sensor is one of the best new control features. Instead of a thermostat that simply sets the cycle to meet a desired temperature, a sensor measures the amount of moisture in clothing and sets the cycle appropriately. The benefit of this technology is that it considerably reduces the incidence of shrinkage and other fabric damage during the drying cycle.

Another great feature on dryers is steam. Whirlpool, LG and Maytag are all adding steam to their top-of-the-line dryers. On these models, steam is added to the extended tumble of a cycle to prevent wrinkling, and it can also be used throughout an entire cycle to perk up dry and wrinkled clothing.


Make sure the dryer you are considering purchasing will fit in your laundry space. Full-size models have widths of 27 to 30 inches. Compact models, which are great for closet or under-counter installation, typically measure 24 inches across. 

Dryer 101 : How to Shop for a Dryer

  • Make sure the dryer you purchase will be able to handle the amount of clothes coming from your washer. Look for a dryer that has a sufficient variety of settings to handle the items that you are likely to be washing.
  • Consider a dryer that has a cool down cycle and/or an extended tumble or wrinkle release setting. These cycles help reduce the wrinkles in your clothes by periodically moving clothes around after the drying is done, until you retrieve them from the machine.
  • If your laundry area is near sleeping quarters, you may want to select a quieter unit with better than average suspension and insulation. It’s very difficult to determine how much noise a machine will make, but the best indicator is the db (decibel) rating.
  • Dryers are big-time energy guzzlers. The most energy-efficient models are the ones with sensors. To get the best performance out of your dryer, it is best to place it in a warm, dry room, not a cold, damp basement, if possible. Since the energy consumption of dryers is so high and doesn’t vary all that much from model to model, there is no energy guide required on them and they are not listed in the Energy Star database.
  • When planning your installation, don’t forget to consider venting and power. All dryers except condensation units will require venting. Electric models will require a dryer outlet of 220 volts. A gas dryer will require a gas or propane hookup and access to 120-volt standard household outlet.

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