So you plan to replace your gas dryer, perform a maintenance on it or just want to shut it down completely when you go away for sometimes. Well no matter what is your reason, you will have to disconnect the dryer from its source. This won’t be a simple task, especially when you are not a professional. But this is not entirely impossible.
Read through the article and you can get several useful hints on how to disconnect a gas dryer.
If you want your clothes to dry faster without having to hang them on a spacious and sunny place then getting a dryer is a good choice. And if you also desire a dryer that doesn’t strain your house electricity grid then a gas dryer would satisfy this condition.
But if you ever want to fix and update the dryer model or want to shut it down before going on a trip, you will need to completely disconnect the dryer from its gas source. Don’t know how? Well take a look below and you can learn it, here and now.
Most clothes dryer work in a more or less the same fashion: Bring the air in, warm it up and lead the hot air through the container to dry the clothes then push the air back outside. As the name suggests, gas dryer employs gas as the way to create heat. While slightly more efficient than electricity dryer, gas dryer did have its shortcomings.
One of them is a tricky way to disconnect it. But if you really want to do it then this article will show you how to disconnect a gas dryer safely and by yourself. First, let’s take a look at what you need to do this.
You won’t need any specialized tools here, just the usual stuff in your box. Generally, you will need a wrench, a screwdriver and duct tapes. If possible then you should select a screwdriver with a suitable head.
It will give you an easier time unscrewing the hoses and you can tighten the whole thing back later with little trouble. And you should also prepare a fire extinguisher just to be safe.
Due to the possible presence of leaking gas, explosion and fire hazard, you will need to equip yourself with appropriate protective gears. So get yourself a pair of goggles, gloves and face mask. Remember to open all the doors and windows in your house.
Also put down all heat sources, flames and pilot lights since they can ignite the gas residuals escaped from the pipes when you disconnect the dryer. It’s vital that you ensure the areas surround the gas dryer to be well – ventilated at all time.
The disconnecting process
Step 1: Shut down the gas dryer.
Make sure that there are no clothes inside then turn off the gas dryer and unplug it from the outlet. Open the dryer container to remove any lint from the dryer lint screen. Next is to wait for approximately 30 min to make sure that there is no gas left in the dryer then proceeds to shut down the gas supply pipe.
You can choose to close the section valve next to the dryer or just turn off the main gas source for the house. Only proceed to the next step only when you no longer smell any gas.
If possible, do check around for gas leakage around your house too and seal them with the duct tape. The best way to prevent accidents when it comes to handling gas – involve machine is to make sure that all leakage must be seal as soon as possible.
You can ensure this then there is nothing to worry about. All you need are patient and concentration.
Step 2: Disconnect the dryer from the gas supply line.
Locate the hose that connects the dryer with the gas source then takes it off. You can remove the house by using an adjustable wrench. There are also types of gas dryers that employ additional ways to secure the hose such as extra screws or sliding bolts, take care of them as well.
But just before you about to yank the hose out, quickly grab the duct tape and slowly take the hose out. The moment the hose is exposed, swiftly covers the mouth with layers of duct tape.
When the hose is properly secured, gently fold it back and tie the hose to the supply pipe. It’s also worthwhile to check the material that made of your hose now. If it’s a silver or white vinyl, do replace the right away with an aluminum hose.
Vinyl is really flammable and can be easily ignited. This is for the safety of your house and your family so pay attention. If you choose to replace the hose then also yank it off the supply pipe and re – apply the duct tape, this time on the mouth of the gas supply pipe.
Step 3: Ventilate the place and clean up.
No matter how fast or careful you are, chances are some gas has escaped from the pipe or the hose into the room when you remove them. Just to be on the safe side, don’t close down the windows and doors just yet.
Leave everything open for a couple hours so the gas can flow out of the room then proceed to the cleanup. Pick up every scrap and piece of rusts or rubbers and throw them out. Do remember to keep the screws and the hose tightening rings so you can reconnect the gas dryer later.
In this part, if you see any holes or cracks on the hose and pipe then no matter how small or insignificant they are, replace them right away. One more time, your number one priory is the safety of you and your family, now and in the future. So if you see any abnormal sight, don’t need to hold back and head straight to buy new, quality replacement.
And that is the end of the guide, have any trouble following it? Gas dryer is a useful machine that can save a lot of time and effort. But it when you need to disconnect the dryer from its gas supply for a maintenance or replacement, it’s surely not an easy job and may even get dangerous.
But as long as you follow the instruction above precisely, use suitable tools and completely obey the safety advice then everything can be done with ease.