How do you hook up a gas dryer?


Quick Answer

To install a gas dryer, a total of 10 steps must be completed, explains DoItYourself. Turn off the gas, install the gas connections for a gas dryer, shut the electrical power off, check the vent hole, clean up, use the pipe dope, check for leaks, fasten the vent hose, plug in the gas dryer and turn it on.

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For the gas dryer installation, the following supplies are needed: a shutoff valve (either 1/2-inch or 3/8-inch depending on the size of the pipes), a dryer installation kit, a pipe wrench that fits the pipes, a stainless steel connector, thread lube and sealant.

The first step in the project is to turn off the gas at the meter. If the supply pipe has a cap, remove it with a pipe wrench where it comes out of the wall. If the gas supply is installed with the wrong size shutoff valve, use the pipe wrench to hold the pipe, so it doesn't turn while the shutoff valve is removed.

The second step is to install the gas connection for a gas dryer. Follow the instructions in the dryer installation kit. A gas provider can answer questions about the installation kit.

The third step is to shut off the electrical power. Shut the power off at the breaker box before doing any new installations.

The fourth step is to check the vent hole in the gas dryer to ensure it matches the vent hole of the home. If it doesn't, a new dryer vent hole needs to be cut.

The fifth step is to clean up the surrounding area. Wash the floor where the gas dryer is to sit and let it dry.

The sixth step is to put the pipe dope on the threads and take the stainless steel connector and screw it to the pipe.

The seventh step is to check for leaks once the dryer's gas line is hooked up. Mix 50 percent water with 50 percent liquid dish soap and put the solution on the newly installed gas connections, then turn the gas on. If bubbles appear, there is a leak. Tighten the connections and test again.

The eighth step is to fasten the vent hose to the duct and place the hose clamp on and tighten it. Keep the vent hose to the shortest length possible to increase drying time and the efficiency of the dryer.

The ninth step is to plug the gas dryer in and attach the loose end of the vent hose. Then push the dryer back into place. Keep the dryer at least 3 inches away from the wall for circulation.

The tenth step is to turn the gas and breaker box back on.

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