Gas Dryer Connection
Instead of automatically calling a professional to install your new dryer for you, why not try installing it yourself? Not only is self-installation a cheaper option, but it’s also pretty simple to do, even for the non-DIY’ers.
Turn It Off
The first thing that you’ll want to do is shut off the power to whatever area of your home the dryer will be in so that you don’t accidentally shock yourself during the installation process. To avoid working in darkness, bring a lamp and extension cord with you.
If you’re installing a gas dryer, you’ll also want to cut off the gas at the shut-off valve. It’s best that you only hook up to a gas line that has a proper shut-off valve near the room where the dryer will be installed. Position the dryer close to where you plan on placing it.
The Proper Connections
In order to connect the gas line, the first thing that you’ll want to do is use joint compound or pipe-wrap around the threads of the valve that supplies the gas. Both joint compound and pipe-wrap tape are made for gas connections as a way to make sure the seal is airtight.
Once that is done, use a stainless steel adapter as an attachment to the gas dryer’s supply pipe. With this step, a pipe elbow might prove effective in keeping the gas line from bending too much. Insert a flexible gas line into the stainless steel adapter before attaching the other end to your gas line. Use your compound or pipe-wrap tape to tighten the connections and make them airtight.
Test the Connection
In order to properly test the gas connection, you’ll want to blend together a mixture of one part water and one part mild dishwashing soap. Switch on the gas and check for leaks by spreading a thin solution coating on the connection. You’ll need to do your connection over if you see any bubbles.
Next, position one end of the flexible dryer exhaust tube over the exhaust tube vent that’s in the wall, making sure that you have a metal or foil tube. Avoid plastic exhaust tubes since they have been known to cause carbon monoxide leaks and fires.
How To Make a Connection to a Gas/Electric Dryer
Clothes dryers can be either powered by electricity or by gas. Some consumer reports state that the gas dryer is more efficient than the electric. Whichever type you may use, both will need to have a secure connection to the vent in your wall to safely release the excess heat and vapor. For gas dryers, a second necessary connection to the gas supply needs to be securely installed to avoid gas leaks.