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Buying a clothes dryer

​Laundry is something you likely know a lot about because you do so much of it. Use that knowledge to choose the right natural gas dryer for you.

General

The most important thing is to ensure you’re buying the right sized dryer for your home. Too big, too small: they’re both going to be inefficient and more expensive to run. A larger drum allows for larger loads, but a smaller appliance can give more efficient heat and tumbling action. Also, choosing the wrong sized dryer can cause excessive wrinkling, poor operation of moisture sensors and wasted energy.

Think about the features you want:

  • Is quiet operation important to you?
  • If children or elderly adults will use the machine, consider easy-to-use dials.
  • Do you want a light inside the dryer?
  • Which finish do you prefer on the inside of the drum? Is it durable?
  • Do you need an air fluff cycle of an hour or more to help eliminate wrinkles?
  • Consider a door that can be changed to swing from left to right (keeping in mind future renovations).
  • Do you need a drying rack that fits inside the dryer for delicates, shoes, etc.?
  • Do you want an end-of-cycle signal alerting you to remove the load so your clothes won’t wrinkle?
  • Does the dryer have a moisture sensor that turns it off when the clothes are dry to prevent over-drying, reduce static cling and save energy?
  • For safety, some models have thermostats which monitor internal air temperature and automatically shut off the gas when the temperature exceeds a pre-determined limit.
  • Choose the most energy-efficient dryer you can. A dryer that runs longer than necessary uses more energy.

Carefully compare warranties and service packages available.
 
Be aware of natural gas safety

Have your dryer installed by a licensed gas contractor. A natural gas dryer operates directly from your home's natural gas supply. Consult a gas contractor about extending piping to your laundry area.

More information on selecting a gas contractor.

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