Convert GE gas dryer to LP


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Old 08-15-04, 01:35 PM
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Convert GE gas dryer to LP

I hope I'm not revisiting familiar territory here; I searched the forums and found some helpful information, but couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.

Anyway, I recently moved from a house with a natural gas connection to a manufactured home hooked up to LP.

I brought my gas dryer with me; it's a GE Hotpoint NVL333GYOWW. I have a guy from the propane company coming out to run a gas line into my laundry room, but I believe I also need to convert the dryer from its natural gas settings to LP.

What do I need to do to get my dryer back into action? I'm handy, but I've never fiddled with my dryer before.
 
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Old 08-15-04, 06:35 PM
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Hello Tooch. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

Being handy will be very helpful to you...

First access the burner compartment. Usually a small access door in the lower right hand corner of most models. Remove access panel. Look to the right of the gas control valve.

There will be a tiny gas shut off valve on the gas supply pipe. Turn that tiny lever so it is across the pipe. Doing so turns off the gas to the control valve.

Than remove the wire quick disconnects from the solenoids on top of the gas valve. Than loosen and remove the hex nut on the control valve to seperate the gas supply pipe from the control.

FYI:
That hex nut is reverse threaded. Which means it turns opposite (counterclock wise) to loosen it and clockwise to tighten it. Use a backup wrench to hold the pipe while turning that nut counter clock wise.

Once the pipe is removed, there will be two or three sheet metal screws holding down the plate the control is mounted onto. Remove those screws.

Than carefully remove the burner out enough to get to the wires attached to the flame sensor, which is attached to the burners shroud cover. Remove that quick disconnect also.

Than remove the entire burner as an assembly. Remove the brass or bronze orifice in the burners nozzle. Replace the orifice with an LP orifice to match the btu rating of the burner.

BTU rating is on the manufacturers plate with the model and serial numbers, usually located in the door frame. Most dryers are either 18,000 or 22,000 BTU's. Install an LP orifice to match the rating.

Than convert the built into the gas valve regulator. By removing the cap on top of the tower and turning it over and reinstalling it. Cap should be marked "N" for natural gas and "L" or "LP" for propane.

Turning the towers cap over converts the regulator. Side of the cap facing you indicates the fuel type it is set for. Not all regulators are convertable in this manner. Check with any local appliance parts store.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and conversion parts. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs. Always check for gas leaks when reconnecting any of a gas part.

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DRYER SERVICE TIP:
It's always adviseable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance, connection and or repairs.

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Old 08-16-04, 06:34 PM
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Thanks!

Many thanks!

I really appreciate the help! And my wife appreciates it too -- she'll be happy to have our clean clothes in the dryer, instead of dangling from doorknobs.
 
 

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