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Old 12-15-2011, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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We just moved into a very nice quality built '07 home. The laundry room is set up for a gas dryer and not electric. Does not have the 30-amp 240-volt outlet. Had one electrician quote me $1,200!! Might as well just buy a gas dryer at that cost. I really don't want to purchase a new dryer, as I would probolby spend the money for a matching washer. My current set is only 2 years old. I will be getting more quotes, as I can't believe it would cost that much to run a wire and change an outlet. This home has extensive electrical upgrades in and out.
Is it normal for a newer home to only have gas OR electric and not both?

(I have no preference in either. Now that I've been presented with the issue I think gas is smarter for saving money and energy. We've always had electric dryers and always had a apartment or home that they were compatible with)
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:13 AM
 
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Gas is smarter if possible. It's cheaper.
The electrical cost $1200.00 seems to be in line with installing a box in the wall, fishing the new wiring out to the circuit breaker box, installing a separate new breaker, etc. Contractors usually charge from portal to portal and for picking up supplies and delivereing them to the job.
If the original buyer did not request from the builder to install an electrical outlet would probably be the fact that they were only going to use gas and didn't want to pay for something they were not going to use. Some builders automatically install for both gas and elecetric, some don't.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:23 AM
 
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Well, when we arrived here we had to sell our perfectly good gas dryer for an electric model. I much prefer gas dryers and stoves for that matter. They tend to be little more expensive up front, but cheaper to operate in the long run. I'll even go out on a limb and say they perform better - the stove especially.
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:20 AM
 
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Hanging the laundry out on the line could save some bucks on the electric bill..
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:40 AM
 
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Seems fine to me. When building a house someone (builder or owner) chooses to use a gas appliance or electric. There is no need to outfit for electric if gas is chosen. This is also true for the stove. Similarly, there is no need to run a gas line if choices are electric appliances. It is probably also cheaper to run a gas line all else being equal.

Gas dryers are fine and probably cheaper in the long run. IIRC, Consumer Reports prefers them for performance and cost.

The price quoted to add electric line doesn't surprise me. If you are set on electric, get quotes to test the price)as you are planning. If similarly priced, I'd buy the gas one. Also I wouldn't bother with a new washer (unless unhappy with current one) but that is obviously personal preference.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:53 AM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by Pauljrnicole View Post
...laundry room is set up for a gas dryer and not electric. Does not have the 30-amp 240-volt outlet. ...
Is it normal for a newer home to only have gas OR electric and not both?
Yes. If the house has gas service then 99% of builders will use it for every application they can.
Electrical appliances are used as an "oh well, guess we have to" back up only.

I hope you like your new gas dryer.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Sell your electric dryer and enjoy a new gas dryer. They're much less expensive to operate in the long run.

And keep your current washer. It won't work any less efficiently if it doesn't match the dryer.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Village of Patchogue, NY
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Can't you get a matching model in the gas version?
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I had to get a 220 line run and outlet installed for an electric dryer (no gas available) in my condo when I moved in last year. The previous owners never had a dryer, just a washing machine.

It cost me $250, not $1200.
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Old 12-16-2011, 08:07 AM
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Location: The Triad (NC)
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The materials needed... J-box, receptacle, cover plate, X feet of 10/3 romex, breaker and the other minor bits are all commonly available and not very expensive (all told? less than $100; maybe less than $60).
The time needed to do the work of installing the materials shouldn't be more than an hour or so on site
(if the electrical panel is in sight of or is in similarly easy access to the laundry area)
Some counties require permits and even inspections too.

Material + mark up = $X
Two hours (w/travel) at qualified licensed insured contractor rates = $Y
Possible permit cost and issues. = $Z

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I had to get a 220 line run and outlet installed for an electric dryer... It cost me $250, not $1200.
Then (in most areas) I'd say that you got a real bargain on this X+Y+Z exercise...
and I'd agree that $1200 is high; maybe way high.
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I'd still buy a gas dryer (and sell the electric dryer).

hth
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