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Non bike related - tell me about electric vs gas dryers

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  1. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    We are replacing our washer and dryer and also relocating them in the garage to make room for me to build a work bench. Score.

    We are debating getting a gas dryer because we've heard they are more efficient. But converting to gas would require us to do some extra plumbing to get a gas line through the wall where we are moving them to. Would it be worth the trouble / costs to do that? Or would keeping electric be a better idea? Lets hear your thoughts.
     

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    ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    if you already have the plumbing... then its no question. gas dryer wins.

    if you dont. then you have to do the math. its very relative.

    how long will it take to offset the plumbing costs... depends on your cost per kw, cost per btu and cycles per week.
     
  3. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    It depends on how much the gas line install costs.

    And how much your electricity costs.

    That said - it's *very* likely you will recoup your costs fairly quickly. Gas is *quite* a bit more efficient...
     
  4. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Looking like $500ish to relocate the washer/dryer, run plumbing, electrical and run a new vent for the dryer.
     
  5. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Subtract electrical and vent costs, because you'll have to do that regardless.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Disregarding installation/sunk costs, NG is about half the price of electricity per unit of energy in Seattle. You should do the math with your utility rates, but I imagine it'd be the same or even cheaper.

    In other words, I'd go with the NG dryer. I plan to do so when I build a house, for these very reasons.
     
  7. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Gas. If I had thought it out better, I would have converted to NG. When we replace our current one, we will go NG.
     
  8. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Went to Lowes yesterday and dropped some serious coin. Ended up buying a Kitchen Aid refrigerator. Counter depth, French doors, internal water dispenser, etc. They had a deal where depending on how much you spend, you get a lowes Visa card. Ours ended up with about $600 back to us. Rad.

    Also bought Electrolux washer and gas dryer. Putting relocating the appliances in the garage on hold until the water heater goes (converting to tankless after that). So getting a gas line to the new dryer will be very easy/cheap.

    Everything gets delivered on the 6th. Pretty stoked to get rid of our 23 year old fridge and 10+ year old washer/dryer.
     
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    Remember if it still works you can sell it. I have sold old appliances and even if you do not get that much it great having somebody lift it out of the house.
     
  10. Total Heckler

    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Haha true. We are going to sell our old washer and dryer for sure. The fridge is a pile and is limping as is. We are just going to have Lowes take it away.
     
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    I'd say you did on the frig alone. I opted to cut out the studs and re-frame behind the frig recess it and gained the 4" to make it flush after seeing the 2k plus price on counter depth models.

    Using gas for heat, water, dryer, stove, fireplace, and outside grill here.
     
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    I bought a LG counter depth at a normal price. Only problem is the the way the doors open up requires way too much space on the side of the fridge compared to how sub zero doors open up that I might as well could have purchased a fridge with normal dimensions.
     
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    Total Heckler Beer and Bike Enthusiast

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    Yeah with the new remodel counter depth was the way to go. We ended up getting the fridge for $400 less than what it normally would be because they price matched one we found online. Pretty stoked on it because our home warranty doesn't cover front controls on a fridge (ice/water dispenser, etc) and this new fridge it has a water dispenser on the inside. Suck it home warranty.

    http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/aj...d_Architect_Series_II_Refrigerator_KBFS20EVMS
     
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    gas driers are so much faster than electric. my parents have a fancy ass maytag or something that is electric. thing used to take 2 hours to dry a load of jeans and t-shirts. the house i bought came with a gas dryer that's about 25 years old and it will dry nearly any load in 45 minutes...
     
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    Good pick. We read every single review we could find and talked to everyone we knew before buying a washer/dryer combo, but there wasn't alot of info on the electrolux stuff. Took a gamble (the Lowes deal was awesome) and have been extremely pleased with our pair. About 1 year old now and still kicking ass. Listen to the cleaning instructions on the washer though... it really makes a huge difference.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    And per the appliance repair guy - do *not* use regular detergent in these...