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Dryer Conversion from Nat. to LP


Hey boys & girls......sorry to not be around contributing but I'm workin 6-7 days a week. I know, somebody's gotta keep the economy going right...>>>>>HAR

I've got my new business going strong but am still doing the remodeling and repair business 1-2 days a week. Latest problem............

Converting a dryer from natural gas to LP. Got the kit and tore into it today. The instructions say to remove the front, pull out the burner, change the orifice, change the regulator and reinstall.

Here's the kicker.............They then say to fire it up and check the flame pattern through the front panel or remove the panel on the side and observe. Also check inches of water column to make sure it is between 11-13 for LP. I would love to do this but can only do it with the front off!!!!

There is NO front panel or side panel so how am I supposed to check anything?????

I was going to leave the front off and disconnect the wires going to the drum motor and see if the burner would light for a minute or so. Has anyone done one of these conversions before????? I've done lot's of stove conversions and dozens of boiler/heater conversions but this is actually the first dryer I've done.

I hate to beotch about engineers but all gas appliances should have some means for visually checking flame patterns. I hate to just button it up and hope all is well.

Suggestions????   BTW, we do not have an appliance section so I just put it here.

Also, FYI, I'm a licensed appliance technician.....ROTFLMAO  biggrinbiggrinbiggrin

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Suggestions????   BTW, we do not have an appliance section so I just put it here.

Also, FYI, I'm a licensed appliance technician.....ROTFLMAO  biggrinbiggrinbiggrin



Sorry ,, can't help ya on the drier situation,, but it sure is comforting to know you have a license,, biggrin

 



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I also have a "Tile-Setters" license in case anyone wanted to know..............

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CHS wrote:

Hey boys & girls......sorry to not be around contributing but I'm workin 6-7 days a week. I know, somebody's gotta keep the economy going right...>>>>>HAR

I've got my new business going strong but am still doing the remodeling and repair business 1-2 days a week. Latest problem............

Converting a dryer from natural gas to LP. Got the kit and tore into it today. The instructions say to remove the front, pull out the burner, change the orifice, change the regulator and reinstall.

Here's the kicker.............They then say to fire it up and check the flame pattern through the front panel or remove the panel on the side and observe. Also check inches of water column to make sure it is between 11-13 for LP. I would love to do this but can only do it with the front off!!!!

There is NO front panel or side panel so how am I supposed to check anything?????

I was going to leave the front off and disconnect the wires going to the drum motor and see if the burner would light for a minute or so. Has anyone done one of these conversions before????? I've done lot's of stove conversions and dozens of boiler/heater conversions but this is actually the first dryer I've done.

I hate to beotch about engineers but all gas appliances should have some means for visually checking flame patterns. I hate to just button it up and hope all is well.

Suggestions????   BTW, we do not have an appliance section so I just put it here.

Also, FYI, I'm a licensed appliance technician.....ROTFLMAO  biggrinbiggrinbiggrin




Hi paul here. I trying to remember the last one i did. I know i did fire it with the front off. i know i did disable the drum from running . i think i had to jump out the door switch so i could fire it. Is there a air adjuster on it? If not the flame should be right when you get the pressure right. I just love conversion.
Later Paul

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Forgot I'll have to jump the door switch. There's a wire from a hi-limit that then goes to the drum motor. I'll just pull that off.

The "air-shutter" is now installed and the directions called for this type to be half-closed. A little screw holds it in this position. Then you install a dealie in the gas valve to lock out the regulator diaphragm. A furnace and water heater both run on the same piping so I'm thinking the regulator at the tank is set. I still want to check it though.

I just discovered that the piping never got hooked up where it leaves the furnace area, so no flow at the valve by the dryer. It's all iron pipe so it'll be a bear to plumb in unless I use some of that new flexible yellow piping now on the market. I'll see if the pic I took came out and upload it here. 

Nope, the pics are too dark. So much for camera phones!!!

So much for the "easy" job................no

-- Edited by CHS on Sunday 12th of April 2009 01:55:30 PM

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You do have a license for gas piping??? they have a license for nat. gas piping, and another for LP gas piping,
and a special license for soft gas piping. Did you have a license burner contractor convert the burner?? shame on you!! My service man does most of the conversion work that why i said i don't know if i can remember. They say when you get old there are 3 things that go, first is your memory, and i can't remember the other two.
Well if you wasn't so far away i would run over in the morning and we would have the gas line in real quick.
But i don't think you would want to pay for my gas to get there, from Mi. To AZ in a one ton truck and trailer.
Later Paul

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I'll draw this thread to a close. Found out the piping from the furnace room going through the wall all the way to the utility room was never pressure tested. The owner said to just forget it and they'll get an electric dryer like before.

So..........no liability for me and I get paid for my time so far.

And they all liver happily ever after..............

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