How to Tell an Electric Dryer from a Gas Dryer

Clothes dryers come in a multitude of power capabilities, load size possibilities and with varying power consumption. Depending on current market influences, either an electric or a gas dryer will save more money over the other. The only difference with gas and electric dryers is in cost of operation rather than efficiency, as all units must meet or exceed state and federal efficiency standards, as of 2010. Choosing between a gas or electricity-powered dryer is a simple matter of knowing where to look on the appliance when shopping.

Choosing between a gas or electric power is simple when knowing what to look for.
  1. Look at the sales tag on the dryer if it is a new unit on a sales floor. If "LP", "LP Gas" or "Propane" appears on the tag, then the dryer is designed to operate on natural gas (if LP) or propane.

  2. Look at the back of the dryer, if not a new unit on a sales floor, and make note whether there are two gas line nozzles on the back of the unit. The nozzles will have valve handles on them and will most generally be marked "Supply" and "Return." In addition to these nozzles, there will be a power cable for powering the internal motor and a hot air/exhaust escape port. With these identifying factors, the dryer is a gas dryer.

  3. Look for the terms "LP," "Natural Gas" or "Propane" if the dryer is being listed as an advertisement. These terms will declare if the dryer operates on gas and, if so, which type of gas. Some advertisers will also simply state "gas dryer" within the advertisement.