These are the steps you’ll want to take before upgrading to a heat pump clothes dryer:

  1. Confirm that a heat pump clothes dryer is the right fit for your home and your clean energy priorities.  
  2. Understand the costs and plan how you will finance the project. Check out the Cost, Incentives, & Financing article to understand the typical costs to install a heat pump clothes dryer.  
  3. Select your product and plan your installation. Some installation professionals that may need to be involved are an electrician and/or a plumber, if you are capping a gas line.  
  4. Prepare your home. Take preliminary measures to get your home ready for a new heat pump clothes dryer, such as upgrading your electrical service (if necessary) or—if taking advantage of the added flexibility of a ventless, compact dryer—choosing a new location for your laundry setup. If you’re replacing a conventional gas or electric dryer, remember to seal off the existing dryer vent hole to make your home more energy efficient. Replacing a gas dryer means you’ll want to cap and seal the gas line as well.  
  5. Talk to a professional about how long installation will take. Installation is typically a simple task, depending on your electrical needs. 

How do I prepare for a heat pump clothes dryer?

Determine whether your home has adequate electrical service for a heat pump clothes dryer and make an upgrade if necessary.

Most heat pump clothes dryers require a 240-volt electrical outlet. If you don’t have a 240-volt connection in an appropriate space, talk to an electrician about installing a new outlet.

Think about where you would like to place the dryer.

Flexibility is part of the appeal of a heat pump clothes dryer. You can place it virtually anywhere in your home, provided you have the right electrical outlet. Some things to consider:

  • You may want to place your dryer near a drain or sink, so that the condensed water can drain automatically through a hose. But this isn’t necessary as the removable water container collects the water so you can dump it out (or use it to water your plants).
  • If you place the dryer with your washing machine, you can set the dryer and washer to share the same drain.
  • Under normal operation, a heat pump dryer shouldn’t be noticeably noisy. At times you may notice a faint humming or metallic sound, similar to the sound of a refrigerator or air conditioner, but that’s just the compressor doing its job.

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