Installing a gas dryer


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Old 11-16-05, 08:05 PM
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Installing a gas dryer

We bought a house that has a connection for gas dryer. A gas dryer was installed there by the previous owner. We now want to install our own gas dryer there (brand: Hot Point).

Can someon please point me to the instructions on installing a gas dryer?

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Old 11-17-05, 06:04 AM
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Hello equality and Welcome into my Gas Appliances topic.

Dryer installation kits and or parts are available at all hardware stores. You'll need to purchase the 1/2 inch by 3/8 inch matching shutoff valve seperately. The installation kit does not come with the required shut off valve.

You'll need to turn of the main gas supply at the meter first if the existing gas supply pipe either has a cap installed on it or the incorrect size existing shutoff valve.

You'll need pipe wrenches to remove the cap on the gas pipe coming out from the wall or to hold the pipe from turning while removing the incorrect size shut off valve or pipe cap.

You'll also need a 10 or 12 inch adjustable wrench, pipe thread lube and sealant to apply to the pipe threads. Purchase and connect the exhaust vent solid or flexible tubing if it's not already installed from a prior dryer.

Directions for installing the gas connection parts should be enclosed with the installation kit. You might also contact your gas supplier. Many gas utilities install newly purchased free standing appliances such as dryers and stoves for a nominal fee.

Doing the installation of the shut-off valve with the gas on, requires all the needed tools and prep work be done first, prior to removing that cap.

The installation can and often is done this way by professionals and some do-it-yourselfers with piping & connection experiences. If your not sure you can accomplish the task with the gas on, by all means turn it off first or hire a professional.

Read the prior questions on this topic of dryer connections for additional information etc. One was recently posted and there are numerous others within the prior months etc.

Dryer help info: http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=159481

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help. Dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances. Local hardware stores (non big box) also have the parts.

Be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off, before attempting any repairs or services. Always check for gas leaks whenever moving the appliance and/or a service or repair includes any connection 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 and or during any dryer replacement installation, maintenance and or repairs.

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Old 11-17-05, 08:02 AM
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"Doing the installation of the shut-off valve with the gas on, requires all the needed tools and prep work be done first, prior to removing that cap "


Are you sure this is the best advice for someone who apparently hasn't a clue on this type of install.. I mean no disrespect , but should this be an option.
 
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Old 11-17-05, 05:50 PM
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My quote above:
You'll need to turn off the main gas supply at the meter first if the existing gas supply pipe either has a cap installed on it or the incorrect size existing shutoff valve. Doing the installation of the shut-off valve with the gas on, requires all the needed tools and prep work be done first, prior to removing that cap. The installation can and often is done this way by professionals and some do-it-yourselfers with piping & connection experiences. If your not sure you can accomplish the task with the gas on, by all means turn it off first or hire a professional.
Except for one spelling error, (of instead of off) >now corrected above in the first sentence< I did mention turning off the gas at the main gas supply first.

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Old 12-26-05, 11:10 AM
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Thank you Sharp Advice for your tips.

Would you know if it is legal in Massachusetts to connect gas dryer on your own or it is necessary to have it connected by a licensed plumber for insurance reasons?

As I said before all piping for the dryer is in place as the previous home owner used gas dryer. What we need to do it just connect the gas pipe to the dryer. thanks.
 
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Old 12-26-05, 05:16 PM
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Hello: equality

I am not a resident of your state, so I cannot say specifically if it is or is not legal to self install gas appliances. Most likely it is, if you own your own single family home. May not be if the home is a condo or apartment, etc.

Contact the gas supplier. They might know. Contact the local city office. They will know.

Reminder. Gas has to be "OFF" to the supply line, if there isn't presently a gas shut off valve installed.

In most cases, the existing shut off valve may not be the newer designed type. Which means the existing shut off (core valve) will have to be removed and a new design (ball valve) type installed.

The older shut off valves will not allow the newer type of flex connectors to screw onto them. Male thread ends different and the outside diameter is different sizes. So the existing shut off valve will than need to be removed first and the new style installed.

Which is when the main supply gas has to be turned off first. Once main gas supply is turned off, any existing gas in the line will not be of any major concern. Providing the main shut off valve at the meter totally shut off the gas. Some of the older types are known to allow a small amount to pass through....

Remove old style valve on supply pipe and install new type shut off valve. Use pipe thread compound on the threads or any type of oil. Avoid pipe tap unless you know how to use it properly. If you use pipe tape, once around the male threads on the supply pipe is enough. To much pipe tape creates problems.

Once that is completed, finger thread female nut of the flex connect onto the male end of the shut off valve. Finger threading is to help provent cross threading the threads.

Once cap nut firmly threaded onto male end of shut off valve, tighten cap nut with wrench to firmly secure it. Do not overtighten. Thread stripping or damage can occur.

New dryer will have an inlet gas pipe. Thread adapter onto pipe. Lube with htread compound, oil or one rap of pipe thread. Use same procedure as above and tighten firmly but do not overtighten. Just snug it up.

Once all the above is completed, turn gas on where ever you had to turn it off at. Turn on shut off valve to machine. Soap test for leaks. Use leak detection soap, if possible and available. Look for tiny bubbles at all connections made. No bublles no leaks. Allow suffcient time for any bubbles to form. Be sure to soap well and all parts connected, and around all sides!

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Before attempting any repairs, be sure to unplug the appliance from the wall receptacle power source first.

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