Gas Dryer Installation

How to Select, Place and Install a Gas Clothes Dryer
October 27, 2015 – 08:10 am

Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer -

Once you have made a decision on whether you want an electric or gas dryer, there are some decisions to make about your gas dryer selection and placement. You'll find that gas dryers are a bit more expensive - $50 to $150 more than comparable electric models - but are more economical to operate.

Gas dryers use either natural gas or propane as a heat source.

Both types of fuel souces require a dedicated gas hook up. If no hook up is available in the area you plan to place the dryer, it will be necessary to hire a professional technician to install the line.

How A Gas Dryer Works

Gas and electric dryers perform in basically the same way. The clothes are dried by evaporating water from fabrics by using heat, air flow and tumbling action.

In a gas dryer, a fan draws in fresh air and directs it over the gas burner where it's heated. The burner is thermostatically controlled and automatically ignited. The heated air is channeled through the drum where the clothes are tumbled. The warm air absorbs moisture and is exhausted from the dryer through a lint filter. This process continues until the desired amount of moisture is removed.

As an energy conservation feature, today's gas dryers do not use a continuously burning pilot light to ignite the gas burner. The pilot light has been replaced by electronic ignition systems. Some gas or electric clothes dryers receive Energy Star ratings since the amount of energy used does vary from model to model.

As with all natural gas or propane appliances, gas dryers produce byproducts from combustion, primarily water vapor and carbon dioxide, the same elements we exhale when we breathe.

Selecting a Gas Dryer

  • Where will the dryer be located?
  • Is there a gas line and electrical outlet readily available?
  • What are the dimensions of the space where the dryer will be installed?
  • Where will the dryer be exhausted?
  • How much dryer capacity do I need?
  • Which direction should the dryer door swing?

The obvious location for a gas dryer is as close as possible to an existing gas line and a 120V electrical outlet. It is also best to locate the dryer in a heated space or a space that does not fall lower than 50 degrees F. The dryer will have to work much harder to reach optimal temperature if placed in an unheated or excessively high moisture location.

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Shutting off gas supply, gas dryer install? | Yahoo Answers

always shut off the gas. after you have connected your gas line to the dryer turn the valve back on and soap your fittings to test for leaks

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