Diy Repairs: How To Disconnect A Gas Dryer

Moving or replacing an old gas dryer? Find out the right way to disconnect with these tips and instructions.

Gas dryers have gained some popularity because they use considerably less energy than an electric laundry dryer. If you have a gas dryer, you're probably spending less to dry your clothes as long as it's properly vented, you keep the lint filter clean, and you don't run it longer than needed to dry your laundry.

Whether you're getting a new laundry dryer or moving yours to a new home, you'll need to know how to safely and properly disconnect the existing machine.

The first step to disconnect this machine is to carefully move it away from the wall. You'll need to have complete access to the back of the dryer. A standard gas dryer is less than thirty inches wide and approximately forty or so inches high. They are bulky to carry, but they can be easily slid across a tile or linoleum floor.

Apartment sized gas dryers are even smaller in size. Some even have wheels on the bottom so they can be moved out of the way whenever needed.

Before you begin to disconnect the machine, make sure the tumbler is empty of laundry and that it's shut off. Then, the second step is to unplug the electrical cord from the outlet.

The fourth step is to shut the natural gas supply line off that is attached to the machine. Then, use an adjustable wrench to carefully unhook the flexible gas line from the supply source. The line will need to be capped off. If you can't do this yourself, then you'll have to call a professional plumber.

Then, unhook the flexible natural gas line from the dryer. This line can be used again, if need be.

The fifth step is to unhook the vent pipe from the wall. Then, carefully unhook the other end of the vent pipe that's connected to the gas dryer. If you're going to reuse this pipe, this would be a good time to take it outside and clean the lint out of it with a brush. There are round, flexible brushes that are specially designed to clean vent pipes out. You can purchase one at your local home supply store.

You should periodically clean the vent pipe out on any laundry dryer, either a gas one or an electric model. Otherwise, if the lint is allowed to build up, it's highly combustible material can, and often does, start a fire.

The thin, silvery plastic pipes aren't really suitable for use. You should use a metal vent pipe in order to obtain the maximum air flow.

While you're cleaning the lint out of the pipe, inspect it to make sure it's suitable to use again. Check the hinged flapper at the end of the pipe to make sure that it's still in good working condition too.

Do not place the vent pipe and the flexible natural gas line inside the tumbler of the dryer if you're simply moving it to a different location. The metal parts can easily scratch and chip the porcelain surface of the gas dryer.

Finally, move the dryer by using a dolly and straps and a helper so you don't strain your back.

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