Gas Dryer Installation

Old 02-02-05, 04:40 PM
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Gas Dryer Installation

We just bought a used drier. There is a sticker on it saying it has been modified to use LP gas. Does this mean we cannot use it on our regular gas line without another conversion? There has not been a gas dryer in our house for a while, and whoever lived here before installed an electric dryer, as the plug in is there. No power going to this outlet though, as at one point an electric water heater was installed, taking this power.

My question is this:

1. Is it worthwhile to have the dryer converted?
2. Will I have to call a professional to hook it up? The pipe is there, but capped off.

Thanks for your advice.
Old 02-02-05, 09:48 PM
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I would probably advise you to just replace dryer. You mentioned it was used and I'm assuming not to new. If you new how to convert it yourself that would be ok, however replace (no a diys job). Do not connect to natural gas unless converted. You may want to call your local gas co and see if they do conversions.
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Hello KaiGywer. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic and the Do-It-Yourself Web Site.

You did not state how or where you purchased this dryer. If the machine was purchased from a private party, you will have to either covert it yourself or have it done professionally. the local natural gas company may or may not provide such services. Call and ask them.

To convert it yourself, visit any local retail appliance parts store to buy the needed conversions items, or take out the entire burner valve assembly and have the parts dealer make the conversion for you.

If the machine was purchased from a used appliance dealer, they should do the conversion for you or had done so prior to the sale if you told them the source of fuel would be natural gas.

Connecting the dryer may be best done by a professional. Needs work that an experienced pro can do best. Dryer cannot be used on natural gas if it is not setup to operate on that fuel. Will need to be converted prior to use.

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Read the manufacturers online web site for product information, problem possibilities, causes, solving methods, part locations, disassembly, reassembly methods, repair procedures, pictorials, schematics, downloadable repair and or owners manuals which may be available online.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the most likely possible problem may be. They will need the make, model and serial numbers. Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts and problem resolving matters. 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 whenever moving the appliance and/or a repair includes any connection of a gas part.

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with answers to questions & provide additional information on how to resolve the problem. Dryer help info:

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