When you purchase a new clothes dryer, you usually have the option to pay for delivery and hookup. If you buy a gas model to replace an existing gas unit, the laundry area will already be set up for the appliance. In this case, you can save money by performing the installation yourself. This is not difficult to do if you follow the steps below.
You will need:
• Pipe-wrap tape for gas connections
• Stainless-steel connector
• Dishwashing detergent
• Small container
• Duct tape
• Metal duct piping (straight and elbow sections)
• ¾-inch sheet metal screws
Step 1: All types of clothes dryers require an electrical connection to run the motor. A gas dryer uses a standard 120-volt receptacle, while an electric dryer requires a 240-volt receptacle to also power the heat. When installing a gas dryer, the gas supply line and appliance vent must be connected. Begin by turning off the circuit breaker for the dryer and closing the gas pipe valve.
Step 2: Position the dryer and set the level on top of it, then adjust the feet on the front of the dryer to level the appliance.
Step 3: Turn off the gas at the shutoff valve. Wrap gas connection pipe-wrap tape around the gas supply pipe threads. Place the connector on the pipe and tighten it with the wrench. Thread the gas supply pipe onto this connector and tighten it, then thread the other end onto the gas valve on the dryer and tighten that.
Step 4: Turn on the gas. Mix dishwashing detergent with water in a 50-50 solution and dab this on the connections made in Step 3. Look for bubbles, which indicate a leak. If any bubbles appear, tighten the relevant connection with the wrench and continue to test and tighten until no bubbles are seen.
Step 5: Fit the metal duct pipe onto the dryer vent connector located in the wall, which should vent outdoors. Run this piping to the vent outlet on the dryer using straight pipe and elbows as needed. To secure the vent pipe, drill the sheet metal screws through this pipe and into the flanges. Wrap all pipe joints with the duct tape.
Step 6: Plug the electrical cord into a 120-volt outlet. Turn on the dryer and let it run for a minute to make sure it operates properly. Turn the dryer off and push it into place, leaving several inches on each side of the appliance for air circulation.