How Much Does a Dryer Cost?
A dryer is an electronic unit that is used to dry clothing after it has been washed. Until the invent of the dryer, the only way to dry clothes was through the clothes line under the sun and open to the drying power of the breeze. It was also the cheapest method. In fact, due to the increasing cost of living and in an effort to conserve energy, many homeowners have turned back to using the clothes line and pins to dry their laundry.
However, not everyone has the time or capabilities of doing this. Some communities and homeowners’ associations restrict the use of clothes lines in their areas for some reasons. Besides, lack of space around their homes prohibits many residents from using the clothes lines. Also, a clothes line needs at least a few hours to completely dry the clothes, while a dryer can do it in about 30 minutes.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of a dryer will depend on the capacity, the power source, and brand. On average, a dryer can cost anywhere from as little as $325 to as much as $1,200. An electric and gas dryer will be similar in price; however, a gas dryer’s energy consumption will be a lot less compared to electric. With any appliance, the more features and options that you want, the higher the price tag will be.
What is going to be included?
- All dryers, regardless of model and brand, consume almost the same amount of energy. For instance, a regular electric dryer consumes around 4.4 kilowatts per hour. All dryers, regardless of their power source, are going to have a smaller electric motor that turns to a large drum. Electric dryers are going to use heating coils to heat the clothes, while gas dryers are going to use a gas burner that creates the heat.
- Popular brands include LG, Whirlpool, Maytag, Samsung and GE.
- Common capacities can range from as little as 6.5 cubic feet to as large as 7.4.
- Most dryers will have different settings. You can adjust the amount of heat, you can adjust the amount of time you want the clothes to be dried, and you can even air dry delicate clothes.
What are the extra costs?
- If you order a dryer online, you may be charged for shipping and handling costs. If you purchase from a local store, setup fees may apply.
- Expect to pay for sales tax and other fees associated with delivery of the machine.
- Plan on paying more for an established dryer brand.
- If you would like to have the company come in and install the dryer, you will most likely have to pay for this and the delivery fee.
- With any appliances, repairs could be needed down the road. Average repairs can cost $100 to $300, depending on what kind of repair needs to be done. SEE: “How much does dryer repair cost?“
Tips to know:
- Be sure to know how much energy the dryer is going to use when making a purchase.
- Know what kind of hookups you have in your home. If you do not know where to look, see if there is either a gas line running to your dryer or if there is a 240-volt electrical outlet.
- A dryer is one of the biggest electricity-consuming appliances, second to the refrigerator.
- Do away with the concept that the costlier the clothes dryer is, the more efficient it works. There are several moderately-priced dryer models that perform better than the more expensive ones.
- Occasionally clean the moisture sensor to maintain its full capability to sense moisture. You should also clean out the filter after each load to ensure that the dryer does not get clogged.
How can I save money?
- If a clothes lines is not restricted in your community, it is recommended that you use this simple drying method to cut back on your energy bills. A clothes dryer has been found to account for 12% of electricity consumption in a typical household.
- If your laundry room is equipped with both gas and electric connections, consider using gas dryers instead of electricity. It is much cheaper in the long run.
- When you are going to replace your dryer, consider getting one with a moisture sensor, which automatically shuts off when the clothes are dry. This allows you to save energy by about 15%. Or, if your dryer has an auto-dry setting, use it so that the machine stops right when the clothes are dry.
- Consider a front-load washer since it uses less water and leaves only about 7% less water on your clothes.
- Do not overload or under-load your dryer to save on power.
- Dry several loads in succession, keeping the dryer hot for the next load.
- Spin dry your clothes first to remove excess water before putting them into a regular clothes dryer. By doing this, your clothes dry 30 minutes faster than usual, allowing you to save on energy.
- Consider looking for either a used dryer or one that has scratches and dents.
- Do not forget to haggle on the price. Many stores are willing to work with you on the price.