How A Plumber Helps Hook Up Your New Gas Dryer

When you decide to replace your washer and dryer with newer models, you could be in for a surprise when the installation technicians from the appliance store stop short of hooking up your gas dryer. They may leave the gas hookup for a plumber to complete. This could pose a problem if your old dryer is still connected to the gas line. You may need to coordinate the disconnection of your old dryer and the connection of your new one with a plumber and the appliance store. Here's a look at how a new gas dryer is installed.

The Old Dryer Is Removed

The first step is to shut off the gas at the main valve outdoors. Then, the secondary valve near the dryer is shut off as well. Finally, the gas hose is unscrewed from the indoor gas line. With the valves shut off, no gas will escape. However, a small amount of gas will be trapped in the line so you might smell a faint odor of gas when your old dryer is disconnected.

To finish removing the dryer, the duct is removed and the power cord unplugged. Then, the dryer can be pushed off to the side so the appliance store can haul it away when your new dryer is delivered. If this is the first time you've had a gas dryer, a plumber from a place like The Clean Plumbers may need to run a gas line to your laundry room so the dryer can be connected.

The New Gas Dryer Is Installed

When you get a new dryer, you should also get new a new attachment hose that connects the dryer to the gas line. The hose should be the same size as the old hose so the fit is perfect. The hose is attached to the dryer and the other end is attached to the gas line that runs into the laundry room. The plumber may need to use tape on the connections to ensure the fit is tight.

Once the dryer is connected, the supply valves are turned back on. The plumber will check that no gas odor is detected, which could indicate a leak or loose connection. The fittings can be tested with a leak detecting solution that is brushed on the gas line. If gas is escaping, bubbles will appear in the solution. The fitting is then tightened or replaced and a leak check is done again.

Once the gas is connected, the duct is hooked up and the dryer is pushed into place and connected to an electrical outlet. A quick test will be done to ensure the dryer has heat and power and is ready to dry your clothing.