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Gas Dryer BTUs: What Are They?

A gas dryer BTU is a measure of heat produced by the gas dryer burner. Burner ratings vary by make and model. The actual BTU output from your dryer may vary depending on the cycle design and what size and type of load you're drying. Even though minor, keep in mind that the motor and fan will draw some electricity as well.

Use this guide to learn more about gas dryer BTUs and how to understand the BTU output of your appliance.

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What Does BTU Stand for in a Gas Dryer?

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is used to measure the amount of energy a gas dryer burner uses to dry your laundry.

How Many BTUs Does a Gas Dryer Use?

BTU output for a gas dryer varies based on the make, model, capacity and loading styles of your appliance. In general, the average gas dryer BTU output is between 20,000 and 22,000 BTUs/hr.

How to Find the BTU Output of Your Gas Dryer

The heat burner BTU for your gas dryer should be listed in your owner’s manual. If you’re shopping for a new gas dryer, you can usually find heat burner BTUs listed in the product specifications online or a spec sheet posted near the appliance in-store.

How Many Gas Dryer BTUs Do I Need?

A higher BTU rating means more energy output from the heat burner and, all other factors being equal, could mean faster drying times. However, BTU is just one factor in the dryer system and may not be a clear cut measure to shop by. For example, a larger dryer drum with more room for clothes to tumble, or specific dryer settings can also contribute to faster drying times. As a general rule of thumb, look for gas dryers within the typical range of 20,000 to 22,000 BTU/hr.

If you are interested in finding an energy efficient appliance, read our guide to Energy Star Certified Laundry Appliances for a more holistic look at energy consumption.

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