Are Washing Machines Always Electric? Can They Also Use Gas?

Most home appliances are known to have electricity as their power source. But that isn’t always the case, as other appliances also have gas as their power source.

These appliances are normally referred to as Gas Appliances. These appliances include an oven, gas stove, fan heater, air conditioner, and many others.

So what we are going to be looking at is whether washing machines are always electric. Or they can sometimes have gas as their power source.

Are washing machines always electric? Yes, modern washing machines are always electric.

But they can have their dryers either electric or gas. And even with either of them, the power source is always electric.

Gas washing mostly existed in the 20s and 30s, when electricity wasn’t that common in some remote areas.

Though there are still some gas washing machines in existence today.

And those are used by groups of people whose belief goes against the use of electric power, like the Amish and the Mennonite.

You might have come across both the electric and gas outlets in your home or elsewhere.

Yes, there’s something of that sort, and they’ve all got their separate functions, which we will be diving into pretty soon.

Gas Washing Machine
Gas Washing Machine

How Both the Electric and Gas Dryer Works

As stated earlier, the modern washing machine doesn’t use gas as its power source.

They are only powered by electricity. So you might be wondering what the gas outlet’s function is. Yes, it’s used by the dryer rather than the washing machine itself.

One similar feature of electric and gas dryers is that they utilize air and heat for drying clothes. What differs among them is how the heat is generated.

The electric dryer has a heating element similar to that of an oven powered by electricity to produce heat.

Which tends to heat the clothes or whatever happens to be inside them. What happens is that electrons are built up as the electric current travels through the heating element.

These built electrons generate heat, that energy that ends up heating the surrounding air. The heated surrounding air is then blown to the drum by a blower.

However, with the gas dryer, there’s an igniter, which tends to burn the gas, be it natural gas or propane, to produce heat.

The generated heat is also transferred to the surrounding air to heat them. The heated air is also then blown to the drum to cause the drying of the clothes in it.

How Do I Know If My Dryer Is Electric or Gas?

The first check is to see if your dryer is electric or gas is behind it. You turn the back to have a look at it there.

When you find a gas line at the back there, then it’s a gas dryer. If you find just a single cord connecting the dryer, it’s electric.

But if you tend to see another connector aside from the electric cord, it’s a gas dryer. You’ll find a cord and a stainless steel connector with gas dryers.

You might also want to check the plugs. The plugs are larger than a standard-sized plug and have three or four pongs.

Electric dryers also have a grounded 240V electrical outlet since it uses the same electricity to produce the needed heat and power the entire dryer.

Both the gas and electric dryers operate with electric power. The function of the gas is just to produce heat to dry the clothes, but for the washer to run, it will always need electricity.

We can also say an electric dryer is completely powered and operated with electricity, whiles gas dryers are powered by electricity and operated partially by gas.

If you still are confused about which one you should go for, you can make a repairman or expert help recommend one.

Gas Dryers and Electric Dryers: Which is better?

Choosing sides on which is better will depend on many factors. Per individual differences and preferences, anyone can decide to choose any of them and will also be able to prove their point.

Both the gas dryer and electric have their strengths and weaknesses when they are to be compared.


Considering the cost involved with both dryers, the gas dryer costs more upfront but less in maintaining it and even with repairs.

The cost price of a gas dryer is much more expensive compared to that of an electric dryer.

But after the purchase, you spend less on operational bills like electricity bills, as its electricity consumption is almost half that of the electric dryers.

And aside from that, repair costs in case of faulty parts are less expensive.

After securing the gas dryer, you again have to incur another cost: installation. This is also much more costive, especially when the place doesn’t already have gas lines installed.

And to avoid gas leakage after installation, you will have to hire the service of a professional licensed plumber.


Comparing the dryers’ safety, they pose an equal safety hazard to the user. Most people find electricity much safer than gas, but that isn’t the case.

You’ll be shocked if you’re given the data on the number of electrocuted people in a year.

Once installation is done properly, maintenance is done once and has been used well, and there’s no cause for alarm in either of them.

Gas doesn’t just explode, and in the same way, electricity doesn’t electrocute people anyhow.


Aside from the vent required by both dryers, the electric dryers again require only a 240V outlet, while the gas dryer requires a standard electrical outlet and a gas hookup.

The gas dryer uses the electric current to power it and control its lights, fan, and drum. And uses the gas to produce heat to dry the clothes.

Also, with the gas dryer, to have a safe usage of your dryer, once installation has been completed, you will even have to call a technician to come again and check if all are okay and that there’s no leakage anywhere before you start using it.

Unlike the electric dryers, you wouldn’t need a technician to check anything since all you need to do is hook up the vent and plug it in.

So with all these said, you can now help yourself to decide if they will be much better for you.

Are Washing Machines Always Electric
Are Washing Machines Always Electric


All washing machines always use electricity as their power source. Some washing machines use gas, but not as a power source.

The gas is rather used in the dryer. And even with these gas dryers, they are still powered by electric current and have their light and fan all controlled by electric current.

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