Kenwood dryer - gas to propane conversion

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Question Kenwood dryer - gas to propane conversion

how do I convert gas to propane?
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Arrow Basic Conversion Information

Hello Grant. Welcome to my Gas Appliances topic.

The sticky note here
has plenty of information for the do it yourself person. Not a difficult job but care must be taken to do it right the first time.

More detailed info here:
Dryer conversion from or to either Nat gas gas or to propane gas is cost effective, easy to do and very possible. The task is or can be a do it yourself project if you're careful, use cautions, pay attention to details and are handy with commonly found shop or garage small hand held tools.

To summarize:
1 Turn off the gas to the machine.

2 Disconnect the electrical connection.

3 Open the cabinet. <No set procedures. Varies by Manufacturer>
<Some brands & some models the burner has an access panel on the lower right or left front of the dryer. Other machines require the entire front panel to be removed to access the burner gas valve.>

4 Turn off gas at little lever on gas supply pipe to the right hand side of the burner assembly.

5 Unscrew the union pipe nut after the shut off valve. That nut turns clock wise to unscrew it and counter clock wise to tighten it. Takes two wrenches to do this task. One to hold nut and other to turn the ring nut.

6 Remove the entire gas valve assembly.
<It will be attached to a plate with 3 or more small screws to the bottom of the machine.>

7 Take the entire gas valve assembly with you to the local appliance parts store. Obtain the replacement orifice and have the regulator converted or buy the instruction manual, etc. Ask for help while there. Usually parts counter sales and parts person are very helpful.

A suggestion:

8 Obtain a natural gas orifice or the propane orifice needed and that of the correct BTU rating.

9 Install the orifice onto the gas valve. You will likely have to remove the burner tube to access the brass or bronze metal orifice. Screws out and new one screws in. Simply task.

10 Convert the regulator by unscrewing the tower cap & turning the cap over. The cap is on the tower of the reg. Some have a device or part under the cap. <Most regulators are convertible but not all, depending upon gas valves manufacturer and the year of manufacture>

TIP 1:
If the brand and model has a front burner access panel door, the gas can be turned off at the very tiny gas shut off valve located to right side of the gas valve on the incoming supply pipe.

TIP 2:
The gas line disconnection can also be at the gas valve ahead of the tiny shut off isolation valve. The union is counter threaded. Which means it turns clockwise to loosen and counter clockwise to tighten it. Just the complete opposite of a any other threaded connection.

Use a back up wrench to disconnect the supply pipe connection. Hold one part stationary while turning the other. Reverse the procedure to re connect and SOAP test for leaks when done with the tiny valve turned back on.

It's always advisable to clean the entire exhaust venting system every 2 years. Or during any dryer maintenance and or repairs.

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

Read the existing questions on the subject of dryers. Doing so will quickly provide you with a additional information on how to resolve the problem.

Check all parts for wear and or the need for replacement while the task is in process. Especially if the model requires opening the entire cabinet to access the internal parts.

Replace all worn parts while the need to be inside the cabinet is required. You'll be glad you did....

For additional information, repair instructions etc. read the other questions within this forum pertaining to dryer conversions. The question has already been asked several times.

A service and or repair manual for the specific brand and model of machine is the best informational guide for the do it yourself. Buy one. Be glad you did...

Those prior conversion questions and any or all the replies offered within them contain all the required & additional information most likely to be needed.

Gas Dryer Help Link: (>Contains fuel conversion info

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