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How do I convert to a gas dryer?

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Gas dryers are less expensive to operate than electric dryers and dry clothes faster. In many homes, a gas outlet is already in place. To install the unit you need a gas valve, pipe wrench, flexible gas pipe connector and pipe thread lubricant. Installation should take less than 1 hour.

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  1. Remove the old dryer

    The new dryer should fit in the same location as the old dryer. Disconnect the old dryer from power and the vent. Move it out of the way.

  2. Check for a gas outlet

    Even though your home has natural gas installed, builders don't always install an outlet for the dryer. Contact a plumber to install the outlet if one is not present.

  3. Turn off the gas

    Go to the meter that serves the home. Turn the valve so it's perpendicular to the pipe from the meter.

  4. Remove the cap

    Gas lines that are not in use should have a cap in place. Use the pipe wrench to remove the cap, apply thread lubricant and install an appropriately sized valve for the connector you are using.

  5. Connect the dryer

    Connect one end of the flexible pipe to the dryer and the other to the valve. Connect the dryer vent. Plug the dryer into a 110-volt electrical outlet.

  6. Turn on the gas

    Turn the gas on at the meter. Open the valve behind the dryer. Test the connections for leaks.

  7. Position the dryer

    Move the dryer into position, and level it by adjusting the legs.

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