Gas or Electric Appliance – How do you tell the difference?

Are you looking to see if you have a gas or electric appliance, but not sure how to tell the difference? Our specialists are here to help.

You might be wondering, big deal why are you telling us this? In the end, to save you money (and time)!
You don’t want to spend $800 on a dryer to find out when it’s delivered it cannot be installed because you only have a gas hookup and bought an electric dryer.

Model Number

If you are looking online at or at your current model here is how you would know.

In the image below you will see the appliance’s model number, WKEX200HRA. From the model number we can see that this specific model is an electric fuel type because it has an ‘E’.

Gas dryer

Now, it the next image below you will see the appliance’s model number, WKGX201HRA. From the model number we can see that this specific model is a gas fuel type because it has an ‘G’.

Electric dryer

Check the Cord

Another way you can check to see if you have a gas or electric appliance is by looking at the cord. The electric dryers will have a normal looking three prong cord. The gas dryers will have a thicker cord.

Electric dryer cord.

This is an example of an electric dryer. Notice the size of the cord and how it is very different from the gas dryer below. The cord does not come with the dryer.

Gas dryer cord.

Here is an example of a gas dryer and the cord comes attached to it.

Note that this is the same thing for gas and electric ranges as well! Did you discover if you have gas or electric appliances? Let us know! You can also check out our appliance buying guides for more information on a specific category.

Spotlight Series: Meet Appliance Specialist José Marquez

Meet José Marquez from our West Des Moines showroom!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?

Sales Manager.

Tell us more about your role.

My role consists of helping the sales team if they have questions about the sale process, inventory, policies & procedures, NetSuite questions, de-escalation of high stress situation with customers; selling and following up with happy customers and not very happy customers. Overall, it is a fun job. Not the easiest job but never boring.

What do you like most about your job?

I really like helping upset customers. I believe every upset customer is an opportunity to leave a better impression than the previous one. All customers want is to be listened to; I always place myself in the customer’s shoes. My job is to de-escalate the situation and give the customer peace of mind that they will taken care of. Besides problem solving and making customers happy I really enjoy the culture at the West Des Moines store and all my co-workers. I’ve never had a job where I’ve had so much fun and still made good money. 😊

Tell us about your family.

I’ve been with my beautiful wife since high school. I have three beautiful children and a dog. We really like to stay busy. In the summer, we go on bike rides, play basketball, go to the park and go on walks. Really anything outdoorsy. The winter is really tough for us. This year, I got a membership at the Y and it’s been a success. My kids get to burn off energy at the rock-climbing wall and basketball court. We also really like to travel. I want my kids to experience a lot more than what I did when I was a little kid. The first time I ever left my hometown was when I came to the US. I was ten at the time.

What was your first job?

My first job was at Little Caesars. Those were the good old days. Life was simple back then. I would go to school, play soccer, play video games, and eat pizza. Some of the best years of my life!!

What do you like to do on your days off?

I like to spend time with my family when I’m off work. We usually go out to eat at least once when I have a weekend off. I also really like to lift weights and ride my road/gravel bike. I heard in a podcast that a good sign of longevity is having strong legs and good grip strengths and I want to live to 130 so I got some work to do!

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?

Family, energy and passion.

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?

I have a really intimate relationship with my Traeger. We have been through a lot together. Any time I’m hungry, angry, sad, or happy my Traeger is always there to help me make the best BBQ or chicken ever. My manger, Dan, recently showed me a picture of a BBQ fatty he made on his smoker, and it was love at first sight. I had to try it, so I made it for New Year’s, and it was delicious. If you don’t know what a BBQ fatty is, you should look it up!! If the Traeger doesn’t count as an appliance, I really love my fridge! It keeps my adult beverages cold and my ice cream frozen. Life is simple!

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.

I compete in bike gravel races. I got into it last year and it was super tough. My longest race was 68 miles on Iowa gravel roads in February and it took me seven hours to complete it. It had 3,400 feet of climbing. I didn’t even know Iowa had hills until I did this race. I got my first cramp at mile 35. Both of my legs cramped up in the middle of cornfield, and I almost called my wife to come pick me up. But I’m not a quitter. I got up and kept going; I probably got ten more cramps between mile 35 and the finish line. I’m signed up to do the race this year and my goal is to beat my time from last year!

What is the one thing you cannot live without?

My phone. I’m a very social person. If I didn’t have my phone, I wouldn’t be able to talk to all my friends and family and I would miss all the fun parties.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My mother-in-law’s enchiladas! Please don’t tell my mom; she would be upset if I didn’t say hers are better!

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite thing to do is spend time with my kids and teaching them new things. At the end of the day, we live through experiences. When I get old, I want my kids to have good memories of me. All the money in the world is not going to buy memories. Money is important, and it sure makes life easier, but memories and time spent with family is priceless!! Thanks for reading!!

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Learn more about our team at Warners’ Stellian!

Spotlight Series: Tammy Smith from Accounting

This month we’re meeting Tammy Smith from our Accounting Team!

What is your role at Warners’ Stellian?
Accounts Receivable.

Tell us more about your role.
Processing credit applications, ordering pre-liens/liens, etc. Doing my part to ensure that money keeps
rolling in!

What do you like most about your job?
Definitely the people that I work with. We’ve got a great crew!

Tell us about your family.
Small and simple! I live with my husband, Shane, our two cats Milo and Penelope, and our dog Lily. I also have two adult stepchildren.

What was your first job?
Factory Card Outlet (a party store that wasn’t around long)

What do you like to do on your days off?
During the warm weather months, I love outside activities – fishing, camping (let’s be real – “glamping”), games and gatherings
with friends. But now that winter’s coming, I’ll probably be going into hibernation. 😉

What three words would you use to describe Warners’ Stellian?
Family, growth, community

What’s your favorite appliance, and why?
Probably my dishwasher; gotta love an appliance that does a chore for you!

Tell us something about you that would surprise us or that most people don’t know.
I know how to speak a little Swedish. My grandma taught me some when I was younger, and throughout the years I’ve studied a little on my own here and there. I’m far from fluent but I can say enough to randomly confuse people.

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Probably my phone.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Taco stuffed pepper hotdish.

What is your favorite thing to do?
Almost anything can be fun with the right company! Fishing, bowling, sitting around a fire and chatting with friends. But I also
love my alone time where I binge true crime podcasts or read/listen to a good book.

Appliance-Themed Halloween Costumes

Happy Spooky Season! Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the country, and while princesses and superheroes top the charts of the most popular costumes, we are here to bring an appliance twist to the mix.

Good news, these work for all ages, couples, and maybe your furry friend wants in on the fun. Let’s dive in!

First up: The Microwave

The Washing Machine

The Grill

The Refrigerator

The Wishy Washers

Have any other creative appliance costumes to add? Let us know, but most importantly have a fun and safe Halloween!

Gearing up for the holidays already? Here are some appliance gift ideas.

Refrigerator Buying Guide

From built-in to freestanding, and French-door to side-by-side, we’ll help you find the best refrigerator for your home and lifestyle with this refrigerator buying guide.

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Refrigerators go way back, but the first electric refrigerator was made in 1913. Refrigerator technology changes rapidly, and since refrigerators aren’t a common purchase, chances are there are more refrigerator options than the last time you looked. From size and style to smart features and the appliance finish, the options can overwhelm you. Keep your cool while shopping for a new refrigerator by consulting our handy refrigerator buying guide.

In this refrigerator buying guide we will go over:

  • How to measure for a new refrigerator.
  • Types of Refrigerators
  • Refrigerator Price
  • Ice Makers & Water Dispensers
  • Refrigerator Trends
Photo: @fitfoodiefinds

How To Measure a Refrigerator

First thing’s first – will it fit? Take the following measurements (in inches) and bring them with you to the appliance store.

Current refrigerator

  • Height from floor to refrigerator cabinet (with hinges)
  • Height from floor to refrigerator cabinet (without hinges)
  • Depth with doors (not including the handles)

Opening for new refrigerator

  • Height of the space from the floor to the cabinet above on left side, right side and in center
  • Width of the space from cabinet to cabinet (including trim)
  • Counter depth on each side of refrigerator
  • Depth of upper cabinets
  • Depth at bottom of cabinets (including trim)

Path into your home

  • Width and height of exterior doorway
  • Width and height of interior doorways through which the refrigerator will have to pass
  • Width of stairways

Download a visual refrigerator measuring guide. If you don’t want to take the measurements yourself, Warners’ Stellian offers an in-home premeasuring service for $129.99.

Other Refrigerator Fit Considerations

When choosing a new refrigerator, consider which direction you want the door to swing and any obstacles in the way of that door swing, such as islands or nearby cabinets. A refrigerator requires an extra inch at the sides, top and back for proper ventilation and air circulation.  

For refrigerator capacity, the general guideline is 19 to 22 cubic feet for a family of four. But it really depends on your shopping preferences. If you tend to grab groceries a few times a week, a smaller capacity could work. But if you buy in bulk, consider a larger capacity. And if you tend to stock up on frozen goods, make sure the freezer compartment can accommodate that.

Types of Refrigerators

Freestanding Refrigerators

Freestanding refrigerators are the least expensive type, and thus the most common. They protrude from the kitchen cabinetry, and are easy to move.

Cabinet-Depth Refrigerators

Cabinet-depth, or counter-depth, refrigerators feature more shallow depth allowing for the doors to align nicely with the surrounding cabinetry. This creates a sleek, seamless look.

Built-In Refrigerators

For a high-end kitchen, opt for a built-in refrigerator, which will be truly flush with your cabinets. Panels are often added to built-in refrigerator doors to integrate the appliance into the cabinetry.

Specialty Refrigeration

Often used to supplement the main refrigerator, specialty refrigerator options include under-counter refrigerators, beverage chillers and wine storage refrigerators.

Refrigerator Styles

Top Freezer Refrigerators

A classic design, the top freezer refrigerator layout positions the freezer at eye level. Wide shelves in the refrigerator allow easy access to items stored in the back of the fridge. Top-freezer refrigerators are best for:

  • Tight budgets
  • Small spaces (narrower than 30 inches and/or shorter than 70 inches
  • Frozen food lovers

Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Most people open the refrigerator compartment 9-10 times more often than they do the freezer. By locating the freezer on the bottom, the refrigerator section is brought up to waist or chest level for maximum accessibility.

Many brands offer a choice of either a swing-door freezer or pull-out freezer drawer. The drawer design allows for easier access to the back of the freezer by minimizing the amount of bending needed. This refrigerator type works best for:

  • Fresh food lovers
  • Organizers
  • People who want to go green
Photo: @heartbeetkitchen

Side-By-Side Refrigerators

Side-by-side refrigerators feature two full-height compartments doors that open from the center – often with the freezer on the left and refrigerator on the right. This type of refrigerator is ideal for:

  • Kitchens with islands or narrow walkways
  • Families or bulk buyers
  • Stylish homeowners

French Door Refrigerators

Taking the “best of both worlds” approach, French-door refrigerators have become the industry’s fastest growing refrigerator style. The refrigerator compartment is at waist and chest level with the french doors (side-by-side) opening from the center.

Similar to the bottom freezer style, French-door refrigerators feature a freezer drawer design. Many models also offer the option of an external ice and water dispenser or an internal water-only dispenser. And if you really want to stand out from the crowd, many French-door refrigerators are now coming in four-door models. French-door refrigerators are best for:

  • Large families
  • Entertainers
  • Veggie lovers
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Refrigerator Price

When considering a new refrigerator, know that there is a workable model for any budget, whether it’s a second unit for keeping soda in the basement, or the built-in refrigerator of your dreams. Here are some refrigerator price ranges, depending on refrigerator type.

Refrigerator Finishes

Refrigerators come in numerous finish options, such as white, black, matte white, matte black, black stainless steel, stainless steel and classic bisque. To learn more about finish options and choose the right one for your refrigerator, check out our Appliance Finishes Guide.

Refrigerator Ice Makers and Water Dispensers

Many refrigerators include a factory-installed ice maker. For models that do not, one can usually be added. Ice makers and water dispensers require a quarter-inch water line to function. Depending on the design of your kitchen, you may have an existing water line. If not, the Warners’ Stellian installation and plumbing team can install one for you.

Ice makers offer myriad ice shapes to meet your preference, including crescent, cubed or diamond. In addition to internal ice makers, many refrigerators have implemented exterior ice and water dispensing. External dispensers are most commonly found on side-by-side refrigerators, but have recently been introduced on more French-door refrigerators as well.

When it comes to water dispensers, some refrigerators locate them on the interior. Refrigerators with water dispensers also include built-in water filters, which should be changed every six months. And when water can’t quite cut it, remember that GE Profile makes a refrigerator with a built-in Keurig.

Refrigerator Trends

The following refrigerator trends continue to heat up kitchens.

Glass Door Refrigerators

Glass panel refrigerator doors allow you to quickly see what’s inside the refrigerator without opening the door and wasting energy. Also, they don’t dent or scratch as easily as stainless steel or other metal finish options.

Matte Finish

Matte appliances provide a rich, warm tone while standing up to smudges and fingerprints. It’s no wonder more and more homeowners request this finish. The appliance line from Café comes in matte black or white with four customizable hardware options:

  • Brushed copper
  • Brushed bronze
  • Brushed black
  • Brushed stainless

Smart Refrigerator Features

As technology becomes more advanced, manufacturers continue to revolutionize refrigerators with smart features, such as:

  • Voice assistants built into the fridge
  • Ability to play music or watch TV from the refrigerator
  • Touch screens, on which you can jot shopping lists or write quick notes to family members
  • Built-in cameras to view refrigerator contents while on the go
  • Notifications for food expiration dates
  • Alerts for when water filter needs changed

When refrigerator shopping, ask your salesperson about smart features, as the technology is quickly evolving.

The Retro Look

Feeling like going back to the 50s? It’s becoming more popular to add a little retro flare to your aesthetic. You might add a pop of color to your kitchen or get a vintage look with specific brands. Whatever your style is, our Appliance Specialists will help you find the perfect fit.

We hope you have found this refrigerator buying guide to be useful and informative, and we appreciate the time you took to read through it. If you have questions that were not answered by this guide, please feel free to contact us.