How do you disconnect and reconnect a gas dryer ?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by WannaBeAHandyMom, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. So i got a new dryer, my old one just up and quit, its 3 years old and
    the heat stopped working, i made sure my pilot was on in my furnace,
    and reset the breaker for the dryer, lint trap was cleaned and duct was

    clear. so i didnt want to take the chance to spend 200 $ to get it
    fixed (those appliance repair men are sooo expensive) to have something

    else break on me in a few months, soo... i just went out and bought a
    new one.

    thing is i have my boyfriend who wants to change it out for me instead
    of paying 100 $ for the guy to come and take 1/2 hour to change it out,

    but he scares me with his idea of installing training wheels on our
    daughters bike, =O, so that said, i want to either do it myself, or
    stand over him with step by step instructions, cant seem to find
    anything relative on the internet, if anyone has a site recommendation,

    or the safety steps themselves, i'd greatly appreciate it,
    i know its pretty basic, turn the little nozzle off on the steel piping

    and disconnect the little bendy wire hose, (haha excuse my female
    terminology) but is there anything else to it ? just seems too simple
    for the 100 $ charge from the professionals...


    Thanks !
    WannaBeAHandyMom, Sep 9, 2006
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  2. "WannaBeAHandyMom" <> wrote in message
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    Wrong group - unless it's computerized.
    Homer J Simpson, Sep 9, 2006
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  3. WannaBeAHandyMom

    James Sweet Guest

    WannaBeAHandyMom wrote:
    > So i got a new dryer, my old one just up and quit, its 3 years old and
    > the heat stopped working, i made sure my pilot was on in my furnace,
    > and reset the breaker for the dryer, lint trap was cleaned and duct was
    >
    > clear. so i didnt want to take the chance to spend 200 $ to get it
    > fixed (those appliance repair men are sooo expensive) to have something
    >
    > else break on me in a few months, soo... i just went out and bought a
    > new one.
    >
    > thing is i have my boyfriend who wants to change it out for me instead
    > of paying 100 $ for the guy to come and take 1/2 hour to change it out,
    >
    > but he scares me with his idea of installing training wheels on our
    > daughters bike, =O, so that said, i want to either do it myself, or
    > stand over him with step by step instructions, cant seem to find
    > anything relative on the internet, if anyone has a site recommendation,
    >
    > or the safety steps themselves, i'd greatly appreciate it,
    > i know its pretty basic, turn the little nozzle off on the steel piping
    >
    > and disconnect the little bendy wire hose, (haha excuse my female
    > terminology) but is there anything else to it ? just seems too simple
    > for the 100 $ charge from the professionals...
    >
    >
    > Thanks !
    >



    It's really pretty easy, shut off the gas valve behind the dryer, unhook
    the flex hose and hook up a new dryer using a new flex hose, don't reuse
    the old one. Instructions will come with the flex, if unsure then have
    someone else do it, it's not worth a gas leak blowing up your house to
    save a few bucks.
    James Sweet, Sep 9, 2006
    #3
  4. WannaBeAHandyMom

    DaveM Guest

    "James Sweet" <> wrote in message
    news:UMFMg.184$Rw2.147@trnddc02...
    > WannaBeAHandyMom wrote:
    >> So i got a new dryer, my old one just up and quit, its 3 years old and
    >> the heat stopped working, i made sure my pilot was on in my furnace,
    >> and reset the breaker for the dryer, lint trap was cleaned and duct was
    >>
    >> clear. so i didnt want to take the chance to spend 200 $ to get it
    >> fixed (those appliance repair men are sooo expensive) to have something
    >>
    >> else break on me in a few months, soo... i just went out and bought a
    >> new one.
    >>
    >> thing is i have my boyfriend who wants to change it out for me instead
    >> of paying 100 $ for the guy to come and take 1/2 hour to change it out,
    >>
    >> but he scares me with his idea of installing training wheels on our
    >> daughters bike, =O, so that said, i want to either do it myself, or
    >> stand over him with step by step instructions, cant seem to find
    >> anything relative on the internet, if anyone has a site recommendation,
    >>
    >> or the safety steps themselves, i'd greatly appreciate it,
    >> i know its pretty basic, turn the little nozzle off on the steel piping
    >>
    >> and disconnect the little bendy wire hose, (haha excuse my female
    >> terminology) but is there anything else to it ? just seems too simple
    >> for the 100 $ charge from the professionals... Thanks !
    >>

    >
    >
    > It's really pretty easy, shut off the gas valve behind the dryer, unhook the
    > flex hose and hook up a new dryer using a new flex hose, don't reuse the old
    > one. Instructions will come with the flex, if unsure then have someone else do
    > it, it's not worth a gas leak blowing up your house to save a few bucks.



    Yep, it's really that simple. I would add at least one safety precaution
    though... Be sure to get a small bottle of leak detection fluid for your type
    of gas (propane, butane/natural).
    After everything is hooked up, turn the gas valve on and apply the leak
    detector fluid around all the gas connections. If it shows ANY sign of
    bubbling, shut off the gas and tighten the fittings until there is absolutely no
    sign of bubbling.
    After you've eliminated all leaks, plug into the electric outlet and you're in
    business.

    Cheers!!!

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    address)

    Make it idiot-proof and someone will make a better idiot.
    DaveM, Sep 9, 2006
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  5. "Homer J Simpson" <> writes:

    > "WannaBeAHandyMom" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > Wrong group - unless it's computerized.


    Why, it's probably got an electronic igniter. :)

    But to the original poster, get a prefessional to do it if your friend
    can't install training wheels.

    You don't want the house burning down.

    Yes, it is simple but leaking gas isn't too good.

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  6. WannaBeAHandyMom

    mc Guest

    "Sam Goldwasser" <> wrote in message
    news:...

    > But to the original poster, get a prefessional to do it if your friend
    > can't install training wheels.
    >
    > You don't want the house burning down.
    >
    > Yes, it is simple but leaking gas isn't too good.


    Agreed! Working with gas is hazardous in a way that electricity isn't.
    With electricity, at most you start a localized fire in the equipment you're
    working on. With gas, KABOOM!
    mc, Sep 10, 2006
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  7. In article <>, masondg4499
    @comcast99.net says...
    > "James Sweet" <> wrote in message
    > news:UMFMg.184$Rw2.147@trnddc02...
    > > WannaBeAHandyMom wrote:
    > >> So i got a new dryer, my old one just up and quit, its 3 years old and
    > >> the heat stopped working, i made sure my pilot was on in my furnace,
    > >> and reset the breaker for the dryer, lint trap was cleaned and duct was
    > >>
    > >> clear. so i didnt want to take the chance to spend 200 $ to get it
    > >> fixed (those appliance repair men are sooo expensive) to have something
    > >>
    > >> else break on me in a few months, soo... i just went out and bought a
    > >> new one.
    > >>
    > >> thing is i have my boyfriend who wants to change it out for me instead
    > >> of paying 100 $ for the guy to come and take 1/2 hour to change it out,
    > >>
    > >> but he scares me with his idea of installing training wheels on our
    > >> daughters bike, =O, so that said, i want to either do it myself, or
    > >> stand over him with step by step instructions, cant seem to find
    > >> anything relative on the internet, if anyone has a site recommendation,
    > >>
    > >> or the safety steps themselves, i'd greatly appreciate it,
    > >> i know its pretty basic, turn the little nozzle off on the steel piping
    > >>
    > >> and disconnect the little bendy wire hose, (haha excuse my female
    > >> terminology) but is there anything else to it ? just seems too simple
    > >> for the 100 $ charge from the professionals... Thanks !
    > >>

    > >
    > >
    > > It's really pretty easy, shut off the gas valve behind the dryer, unhook the
    > > flex hose and hook up a new dryer using a new flex hose, don't reuse the old
    > > one. Instructions will come with the flex, if unsure then have someone else do
    > > it, it's not worth a gas leak blowing up your house to save a few bucks.

    >
    >
    > Yep, it's really that simple. I would add at least one safety precaution
    > though... Be sure to get a small bottle of leak detection fluid for your type
    > of gas (propane, butane/natural).
    > After everything is hooked up, turn the gas valve on and apply the leak
    > detector fluid around all the gas connections. If it shows ANY sign of
    > bubbling, shut off the gas and tighten the fittings until there is absolutely no
    > sign of bubbling.
    > After you've eliminated all leaks, plug into the electric outlet and you're in
    > business.


    I've seen some hardware/megamart/home center stores that have kits that
    include a new flexible pipe (ALWAYS use a new pipe, and make certain it
    is stainless or coated stainless), instructions, and some 'leak
    detection fluid' (basically just soap that is slightly diluted.)

    You may even want to check your local city/town, as there could be laws
    requring certified installation and/or inspection. Even the gas company
    may connect it for free or a small charge. They don't want their
    customer's houses blowing up!!

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    Andrew Rossmann, Sep 10, 2006
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  8. WannaBeAHandyMom

    Mr Manuals Guest

    On 9 Sep 2006 11:57:53 -0700, "WannaBeAHandyMom"
    <> wrote:

    >So i got a new dryer, my old one just up and quit, its 3 years old and
    >the heat stopped working, i made sure my pilot was on in my furnace,
    >and reset the breaker for the dryer, lint trap was cleaned and duct was
    >
    >clear. so i didnt want to take the chance to spend 200 $ to get it
    >fixed (those appliance repair men are sooo expensive) to have something
    >
    >else break on me in a few months, soo... i just went out and bought a
    >new one.
    >
    >thing is i have my boyfriend who wants to change it out for me instead
    >of paying 100 $ for the guy to come and take 1/2 hour to change it out,
    >
    >but he scares me with his idea of installing training wheels on our
    >daughters bike, =O, so that said, i want to either do it myself, or
    >stand over him with step by step instructions, cant seem to find
    >anything relative on the internet, if anyone has a site recommendation,
    >
    >or the safety steps themselves, i'd greatly appreciate it,
    >i know its pretty basic, turn the little nozzle off on the steel piping
    >
    >and disconnect the little bendy wire hose, (haha excuse my female
    >terminology) but is there anything else to it ? just seems too simple
    >for the 100 $ charge from the professionals...
    >
    >
    >Thanks !



    This is a disaster waiting to happen. Spend the money and have a
    professional do it. If your house blows up after your boyfriend does
    it, not even your insurance will cover it.

    Paul
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    Mr Manuals, Sep 10, 2006
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  9. "mc" <> wrote in message
    news:ExUMg.33418$...

    > Agreed! Working with gas is hazardous in a way that electricity isn't.
    > With electricity, at most you start a localized fire in the equipment
    > you're working on. With gas, KABOOM!


    And then you blow up a 5 story building in Manhattan - and raise the value
    of your wife's inheritance!
    Homer J Simpson, Sep 10, 2006
    #9

  10. > but he scares me with his idea of installing training wheels on our
    > daughters bike,


    Well, this is a tough question, with good points on both sides:

    Pro--

    * Gas explosions are very rare.
    * It's hard to do this wrong-- You're basically screwing a flexible
    pipe onto the 3/4 inch pipe coming out of the dryer.
    * It's easy to check-- just smell, or better yet put a little soapy
    water over the connections.
    * Even if you cross-thread the connection, there's only 1/2 PSI behiund
    it, the leak will be very small. And wqith natural gas will mix
    readily with air and get diluted below the point it can burn or
    explode.

    CON-

    * People are so good at goofing things up-- either cross-threading the
    connection, breaking the flexy bits, under-tightening, or
    overtightening. Better have this done by somebody that's done it
    before.

    * The downside can in rare cases be very bad. An enclosed room, a
    sizeable leak, a lot of time, then BOOM!

    $100 sounds mighty high-- maybe find a neighborhood handyman?
    Ancient_Hacker, Sep 11, 2006
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  11. WannaBeAHandyMom

    Kurt Krueger Guest

    Ancient_Hacker wrote:


    > * It's easy to check-- just smell, or better yet put a little soapy
    > water over the connections.


    Or better yet, go to your local home improvement center and buy the
    solution made just for checking connections. It seems to be some
    kind of super bubble soap ... it blows big bubbles if you have a leak.
    Even tiny leaks blow huge bubbles.

    And don't use bubble soap, it tends to corrode things.
    Kurt Krueger, Sep 11, 2006
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