Whirlpool Gas Dryer User manual

Whirlpool Gas Dryer User manual
Table of Contents
DRYER SAFETY................................................1
Tools and Parts..............................................3
Location Requirements .................................3
Electrical Requirements .................................5
Gas Supply Requirements.............................5
Venting Requirements....................................7
Plan Vent System...........................................7
Install Vent System ........................................9
Install Leveling Legs.......................................9
Level Dryer .....................................................9
Make Gas Connection .................................10
Connect Vent ...............................................10
Reverse Door Swing (Optional) ...................10
Complete Installation ...................................11
Your safety and the safety of others are very important.
We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance. Always read and obey all safety
This is the safety alert symbol.
This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that can kill or hurt you and others.
All safety messages will follow the safety alert symbol and either the word “DANGER” or “WARNING.”
These words mean:
You can be killed or seriously injured if you don't immediately
follow instructions.
You can be killed or seriously injured if you don't follow
All safety messages will tell you what the potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the chance of injury, and tell you what can
happen if the instructions are not followed.
When discarding or storing your old clothes dryer, remove the door.
WARNING: For your safety, the information in this manual must be followed to minimize
the risk of fire or explosion, or to prevent property damage, personal injury, or death.
– Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this
or any other appliance.
• Do not try to light any appliance.
• Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building.
• Clear the room, building, or area of all occupants.
• Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor's phone. Follow the gas supplier's
• If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.
– Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency, or
the gas supplier.
In the State of Massachusetts, the following installation instructions apply:
Installations and repairs must be performed by a qualified or licensed contractor, plumber, or gasfitter qualified or licensed by
the State of Massachusetts.
If using a ball valve, it shall be a T-handle type.
A flexible gas connector, when used, must not exceed 3 feet.
Tools and Parts
Location Requirements
Check that you have everything necessary for correct installation.
Proper installation is your responsibility.
8" or 10" pipe wrench
8" or 10" adjustable
wrench (for gas
Safety glasses
Vent clamps
Pipe-joint compound
resistant to L.P. gas
Caulking gun and
compound (for installing
new exhaust vent)
Flat-blade screwdriver
Adjustable wrench that
opens to 1" (2.5 cm) or
hex-head socket wrench
(for adjusting dryer feet)
¼" nut driver or socket
Explosion Hazard
Keep flammable materials and vapors, such as
gasoline, away from dryer.
Place dryer at least 18 inches (46 cm) above the floor
for a garage installation.
Failure to do so can result in death, explosion, or fire.
Parts supplied:
Remove parts package from dryer drum. Check that all parts were
4 leveling legs
You will need
A location that allows for proper exhaust installation. A gas
dryer must be exhausted to the outdoors. See “Venting
A grounded electrical outlet located within 2 ft (61 cm) of
either side of the dryer. See “Electrical Requirements.”
A sturdy floor to support the dryer and a total weight (dryer
and load) of 200 lbs (90.7 kg). The combined weight of a
companion appliance should also be considered.
A level floor with a maximum slope of 1" (2.5 cm) under entire
dryer. (If slope is greater than 1" [2.5 cm], install Extended
Dryer Feet kit, Part No. 279810.) Clothes may not tumble
properly and models with automatic sensor cycles may not
operate correctly if dryer is not level.
Parts needed:
Check local codes and consult gas supplier. Check existing gas
supply, electrical supply and venting, and read “Electrical
Requirements,” “Gas Supply Requirements” and “Venting
Requirements” before purchasing parts.
Mobile home installations require special parts (listed following)
that may be ordered by calling the dealer from whom you
purchased your dryer. For further information, please reference
the front page of your “Dryer User Instructions.”
■ Mobile home installation kit. Ask for Part Number 346764.
Metal exhaust system hardware.
Do not operate your dryer at temperatures below 45ºF (7ºC). At
lower temperatures, the dryer might not shut off at the end of an
automatic cycle. Drying times can be extended.
The dryer must not be installed or stored in an area where it will be
exposed to water and/or weather.
Check code requirements. Some codes limit, or do not permit,
installation of the dryer in garages, closets, mobile homes, or
sleeping quarters. Contact your local building inspector.
NOTE: No other fuel-burning appliance can be installed in the
same closet as a dryer.
Installation Clearances
The location must be large enough to allow the dryer door to
open fully.
Dryer Dimensions
Companion appliance spacing should also be considered.
14" max.
(35.6 cm)
22 ¾"
(57.8 cm)
(38.74cm) 43³⁄₈"
(45.7 cm)
(7.6 cm)
48 in. 2
(310 cm2 )
24 in.
(155 cm )
(73.66 cm)
1" 27¾" 5½"
(2.5 cm) (73.66 cm) (2.5 cm)(2.5 cm) (70.5 cm) (14 cm)
43 ³⁄₈"
Mobile Home - Additional Installation Requirements
(73.66 cm)
A. Small Opening Side-Swing Door
B. Large Opening Side-Swing Door
C. Wide Opening Side-Swing Door
D. Wide Opening Hamper Door
*Most installations require a minimum 5½" (14 cm) clearance
behind the dryer for the exhaust vent with elbow. See “Venting
Minimum installation spacing for recessed area or closet
The dimensions shown following are for the minimum spacing
■ Additional spacing should be considered for ease of
installation and servicing.
Additional clearances might be required for wall, door and
floor moldings.
Additional spacing of 1" (2.5 cm) on all sides of the dryer is
recommended to reduce noise transfer.
For closet installation, with a door, minimum ventilation
openings in the top and bottom of the door are required.
Louvered doors with equivalent ventilation openings are
A. Recessed area
B. Side view - closet or confined area
C. Closet door with vents
(7.6 cm)
This dryer is suitable for mobile home installations.
The installation must conform to the Manufactured Home
Construction and Safety Standard, Title 24 CFR, Part 3280
(formerly the Federal Standard for Mobile Home Construction and
Safety, Title 24, HUD Part 280).
Mobile home installations require:
■ Metal exhaust system hardware which is available for
purchase from your dealer.
Mobile Home Installation Kit Part #346764, see “Tools and
Parts” section for ordering information.
Special provisions must be made in mobile homes to
introduce outside air into the dryer. The opening (such as a
nearby window) should be at least twice as large as the dryer
exhaust opening.
Electrical Requirements
Gas Supply Requirements
Electrical Shock Hazard
Explosion Hazard
Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Use a new AGA or CSA approved gas supply line.
Do not remove ground prong.
Install a shut-off valve.
Do not use an adapter.
Securely tighten all gas connections.
Do not use an extension cord.
If connected to LP, have a qualified person make sure
gas pressure does not exceed 13" (33 cm) water
Failure to follow these instructions can result in death,
fire, or electrical shock.
Examples of a qualified person include:
120-Volt, 60-Hz., AC-only, 15- or 20-amp fused electrical
supply is required. (Time-delay fuse or circuit breaker is
recommended.) It is recommended that a separate circuit
serving only this dryer be provided.
IMPORTANT: The dryer must be electrically grounded in
accordance with local codes, or in the absence of local codes,
with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
For a grounded, cord-connected dryer:
This dryer must be grounded. In the event of malfunction or
breakdown, grounding will reduce the risk of electric shock
by providing a path of least resistance for electric current.
This dryer is equipped with a cord having an equipmentgrounding conductor and a grounding plug. The plug must
be plugged into an appropriate outlet that is properly
installed and grounded in accordance with all local codes
and ordinances.
WARNING: Improper connection of the equipmentgrounding conductor can result in a risk of electric shock.
Check with a qualified electrician or service representative
or personnel if you are in doubt as to whether the dryer is
properly grounded. Do not modify the plug provided with the
dryer: if it will not fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed
by a qualified electrician.
licensed heating personnel,
authorized gas company personnel, and
authorized service personnel.
Failure to do so can result in death, explosion, or fire.
Gas Type
Natural Gas:
This dryer is equipped for use with natural gas. It is designcertified by CSA International for L.P. (propane or butane) gases
with appropriate conversion.
■ Your dryer must have the correct burner for the type of gas in
your home. Burner information is located on the rating plate in
the door well of your dryer. If this information does not agree
with the type of gas available, contact your dealer or call the
phone numbers referenced on the front page of your “Dryer
User Instructions.”
L.P. gas conversion:
Conversion must be made by a qualified technician.
No attempt shall be made to convert the appliance from the gas
specified on the model/serial rating plate for use with a different
gas without consulting the serving gas supplier.
IMPORTANT: The gas installation must conform with local codes,
or in the absence of local codes, with the National Fuel Gas Code,
ANSI Z223.1/NFPA 54.
Gas Supply Line:
Lengths over 20 ft (6.1 m) should use larger tubing and a
different size adapter fitting.
If your dryer has been converted to use L.P. gas, ³⁄₈" L.P.
compatible copper tubing can be used. If the total length of
the supply line is more than 20 ft (6.1 m), use larger pipe.
¹⁄₂" IPS pipe is recommended.
³⁄₈" approved tubing is acceptable for lengths under 20 ft
(6.1 m) if local codes and gas supplier permit.
Must include ¹⁄₈" NPT minimum plugged tapping accessible
for test gauge connection, immediately upstream of the gas
connection to the dryer (see illustration).
Must include a shutoff valve:
Dryer Gas Pipe
An individual manual shutoff valve must be installed within
six (6) feet (1.8 m) of the dryer in accordance with the National
Fuel Gas Code, ANSI Z223.1. The location should be easy to
reach for opening and closing.
NOTE: Pipe joint compounds that resist the action of L.P. gas
must be used. Do not use TEFLON®† tape.
The gas pipe that comes out through the rear of your dryer
has a ³⁄₈" male pipe thread.
(3.2 cm)
A. ³⁄₈" flexible gas connector
B. ³⁄₈" pipe to flare adapter fitting
C. ¹⁄₈" NPT plugged tapping
D. ½" NPT gas supply line
E. Gas shutoff valve
Gas supply connection requirements
There are many methods by which your gas dryer can be
connected to the gas supply. Listed here are some guidelines for
two different methods of connection.
Option 1 (Recommended Method)
Flexible stainless steel gas connector:
■ If local codes permit, use a new flexible stainless steel gas
connector (Design Certified by the American Gas Association
or CSA International) to connect your dryer to the rigid gas
supply line. Use an elbow and a ³⁄₈" flare x ³⁄₈" NPT adapter
fitting between the stainless steel gas connector and the dryer
gas pipe, as needed to prevent kinking.
Option 2 (Alternate Method)
Approved aluminum or copper tubing:
■ Lengths under 20 ft (6.1 m) can use ³⁄₈" approved tubing (if
codes and gas supplier permit).
If you are using natural gas, do not use copper tubing.
³⁄₈" flare x ³⁄₈" NPT adapter fitting between dryer pipe and ³⁄₈"
approved tubing.
(23.5 cm)
A. ³⁄₈" NPT dryer pipe
Burner Input Requirements:
Elevations up to 10,000 ft (3,048 meters):
■ The design of this dryer is certified by CSA International for
use at altitudes up to 10,000 ft (3,048 m) above sea level at the
B.T.U. rating indicated on the model/serial number plate.
Burner input adjustments are not required when the dryer is
operated up to this elevation.
Elevations above 10,000 ft (3,048 meters):
When installed above 10,000 ft (3,048 m) a 4% reduction of
the burner B.T.U. rating shown on the model/serial number
plate is required for each 1,000 ft (305 m) increase in
Gas Supply Pressure Testing
The dryer must be disconnected from the gas supply piping
system during pressure testing at pressures greater than
½ psi.
†®TEFLON is a registered trademark of E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company.
IMPORTANT: Observe all governing codes and ordinances.
Venting Requirements
Improper venting can cause moisture and lint to collect
indoors, which may result in:
Moisture damage to woodwork, furniture, paint,
wallpaper, carpets, etc.
Housecleaning problems and health problems.
Fire Hazard
Use a heavy metal vent.
Do not use a plastic vent.
Do not use a metal foil vent.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in death
or fire.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire, this dryer MUST BE
4" (10.2 cm) heavy metal exhaust vent and clamps must be used.
DURASAFE™ venting products are recommended.
DURASAFE™ vent products can be purchased from your dealer
or by calling Whirlpool Parts and Accessories. For more
information, see the “Assistance or Service” section of your
“Dryer User Instructions.”
The dryer exhaust must not be connected into any gas vent,
chimney, wall, ceiling, or a concealed space of a building.
Do not use an exhaust hood with a magnetic latch.
Do not install flexible metal vent in enclosed walls, ceilings or
Use clamps to seal all joints. Exhaust vent must not be
connected or secured with screws or other fastening devices
which extend into the interior of the duct. Do not use duct
Use a heavy metal vent. Do not use plastic or metal foil vent.
Rigid metal vent is recommended to prevent crushing and kinking.
Flexible metal vent must be fully extended and supported when
the dryer is in its final position. Remove excess flexible metal vent
to avoid sagging and kinking that may result in reduced airflow
and poor performance.
An exhaust hood should cap the vent to prevent rodents and
insects from entering the home.
Exhaust hood must be at least 12" (30.5 cm) from the ground or
any object that may be in the path of the exhaust (such as flowers,
rocks or bushes, etc.).
If using an existing vent system, clean lint from the entire length of
the system and make sure exhaust hood is not plugged with lint.
Replace any plastic or metal foil vent with rigid metal or flexible
metal vent.
Plan Vent System
Typical exhaust installations
Typical installations vent the dryer from the rear of the dryer.
A. Dryer
B. Elbow
C. Wall
D. Exhaust hood
E. Clamps
F. Rigid metal or flexible metal vent
G. Vent length necessary to connect
H. Exhaust outlet
Standard exhaust installation with rigid metal or flexible
metal vent
Determine Vent Length
1. Select the route that will provide the straightest and most
direct path outdoors. Plan the installation to use the fewest
number of elbows and turns. When using elbows or making
turns, allow as much room as possible. Bend vent gradually to
avoid kinking. Avoid 90º turns when possible.
Alternate installations for close clearances
Venting systems come in many varieties. Select the type best for
your installation. Two close-clearance installations are shown.
Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Determine vent length.
The maximum length of the exhaust system depends upon:
The type of vent (rigid metal or flexible metal).
The number of elbows used.
Type of hood.
Recommended hood styles are shown here.
(10.2 cm)
A. Over the top installation (also available
with one offset elbow)
B. Periscope installation
NOTE: The following kits for close clearance alternate installations
are available for purchase. Please reference the “Assistance or
Service” section of your “Dryer User Instructions.”
■ Over-The-Top Installation:
(10.2 cm)
A. Louvered hood style
B. Box hood style
The angled hood style (shown following) is acceptable.
(10.2 cm)
Part Number 4396028
Periscope Installation (For use with dryer vent to wall vent
(6.4 cm)
Part Number 4396037 - 0" (0 cm) to 18" (45.72 cm) mismatch
Part Number 4396011 - 18" (45.72 cm) to 29" (73.66 cm)
Part Number 4396014 - 29" (73.66 cm) to 50" (127 cm)
Special provisions for mobile home installations
The exhaust vent must be securely fastened to a noncombustible
portion of the mobile home structure and must not terminate
beneath the mobile home. Terminate the exhaust vent outside.
See the exhaust vent length chart that matches your hood
type for the maximum vent lengths you can use.
Exhaust systems longer than specified will:
Shorten the life of the dryer.
Reduce performance, resulting in longer drying times and
increased energy usage.
3. Determine the number of elbows you will need.
NOTE: Do not use vent runs longer than specified in the Vent
Length Chart.
The following chart helps you determine your maximum vent
length based on the number of 90° turns or elbows you will
need and the type of vent (rigid or flexible metal) and hood
that you will use.
Vent Length Chart
3. Examine the leveling legs. Find the diamond marking.
Number of
90º turns
or elbows
Type of vent
Box or
Rigid metal
Flexible metal
64 ft (20 m)
36 ft (11 m)
58 ft (17.7 m)
28 ft (8.5 m)
Rigid metal
Flexible metal
54 ft (16.5 m)
31 ft (9.4 m)
48 ft (14.6 m)
23 ft (7 m)
Rigid metal
Flexible metal
44 ft (13.4 m)
27 ft (8.2 m)
38 ft (11.6 m)
19 ft (5.8 m)
Rigid metal
Flexible metal
35 ft (10.7 m)
25 ft (7.6 m)
29 ft (8.8 m)
17 ft (5.2 m)
Rigid metal
Flexible metal
27 ft (8.2 m)
23 ft (7 m)
21 ft (6.4 m)
15 ft (4.6 m)
4. Screw the legs into the leg holes by hand. Use a wrench to
finish turning the legs until the diamond marking is no longer
5. Place a carton corner post under each of the 2 dryer back
corners. Stand the dryer up. Slide the dryer on the corner
posts until it is close to its final location. Leave enough room
to connect the exhaust vent.
6. Once connection is made and dryer is in final location, remove
corner posts and cardboard.
For mobile home use
Gas dryers must be securely fastened to the floor.
Install Vent System
1. (Optional) Put on safety glasses and gloves.
2. Install exhaust hood. Use caulking compound to seal exterior
wall opening around exhaust hood.
3. Connect vent to exhaust hood. Vent must fit inside exhaust
hood. Secure vent to exhaust hood with 4" (10.2 cm) clamp.
4. Run vent to dryer location. Use the straightest path possible.
See “Determine Vent Length.” Avoid 90º turns. Use clamps to
seal all joints. Do not use duct tape, screws or other fastening
devices that extend into the interior of the vent to secure vent.
Mobile home installations require a Mobile Home Installation Kit.
For ordering information please reference your “Dryer User
Level Dryer
Check the levelness of the dryer. Check levelness first
side to side, then front to back.
Install Leveling Legs
Excessive Weight Hazard
Use two or more people to move and install dryer.
Failure to do so can result in back or other injury.
1. To protect the floor, use a large flat piece of cardboard from
the dryer carton. Place cardboard under the entire back edge
of the dryer. See illustration.
2. Firmly grasp the body of the dryer (not the top or console
panel). Gently lay the dryer on the cardboard.
If the dryer is not level, prop up the dryer using a wood block. Use
a wrench to adjust the legs up or down and check again for
NOTE: It might be necessary to level the dryer again after it is
moved into its final position.
Make Gas Connection
Connect Vent
1. Remove the red cap from the gas pipe. Move the dryer close
to its final position.
2. Using a wrench to tighten, connect the gas supply to the
dryer. Use pipe joint compound on all non-flared male
threads. If flexible metal tubing is used, be sure there are no
NOTE: For L.P. gas connections, you must use pipe joint
compound resistant to the action of L.P. gas. Do not use
TEFLON®† tape.
1. Using a 4" (10.2 cm) clamp, connect vent to exhaust outlet in
dryer. If connecting to existing vent, make sure the vent is
clean. The dryer vent must fit over the dryer exhaust outlet
and inside the exhaust hood. Make sure the vent is secured to
exhaust hood with a 4" (10.2 cm) clamp.
2. Move dryer into final position. Do not crush or kink vent. Make
sure dryer is level.
3. (On gas models) Check to be sure there are no kinks in the
flexible gas line.
A combination of pipe fittings must be used to connect the
dryer to the existing gas line. Shown following is a
recommended connection. Your connection may be different,
according to the supply line type, size, and location.
Reverse Door Swing (Optional)
You can change your door swing from a right-side opening to a
left-side opening, if desired.
Reversible Large Side-Swing Door
A. ³⁄₈" flexible gas connector
B. ³⁄₈" dryer pipe
C. ³⁄₈" to ³⁄₈" pipe elbow
D. ³⁄₈" pipe-to-flare adapter fitting
3. Open the shutoff valve in the supply line. The valve is open
when the handle is parallel to the gas pipe.
A. Closed valve
B. Open valve
4. Test all connections by brushing on an approved
noncorrosive leak-detection solution. Bubbles will show
a leak. Correct any leak found.
1. Place towel (A) on top of dryer to protect surface.
2. Open dryer door. Remove bottom screws from cabinet side of
hinges (C). Loosen (do not remove) top screws from cabinet
side of hinges.
3. Lift door until top screws in cabinet are in large part of hinge
slot. Pull door forward off screws. Set door on top of dryer.
Remove top screws from cabinet.
4. Use a small, flat-blade screwdriver to carefully remove
4 hinge hole plugs (D) on left side of cabinet. Insert plugs in
hinge holes on right side of cabinet.
5. Insert screws in bottom holes on left side of cabinet. Tighten
screws halfway. Position door so large end of door hinge slot
is over screws. Slide door up so screws are in bottom of slots.
Tighten screws. Insert and tighten top screws in hinges.
6. Close door and check that door strike aligns with door catch
(B). If needed, slide door catch left or right within slot to adjust
Reversible Super Wide Side-Swing Door
9. Insert screws in bottom holes on left side of cabinet. Tighten
screws halfway. Position door so large end of door hinge slot
is over screws. Slide door up so screws are in bottom of slots.
Tighten screws. Insert and tighten top screws in hinges.
1. Place towel (A) on top of dryer to protect surface.
2. Open dryer door. Remove bottom screws from cabinet side of
hinges (D). Loosen (do not remove) top screws from cabinet
side of hinges.
3. Lift door until top screws in cabinet are in large part of hinge
slot. Pull door forward off screws. Set door (handle side up) on
top of dryer. Remove top screws from cabinet.
4. Remove screws attaching hinges to door.
5. Remove screws at top, bottom and side of door (4 screws).
Holding door over towel on dryer, grasp sides of outer door
and carefully lift to separate it from inner door. Do not pry
apart with putty knife. Do not pull on door seal or plastic door
6. Be careful to keep cardboard spacer centered between doors.
Reattach outer door panel to inner door panel so handle is on
the side where hinges were just removed.
7. Attach door hinges to door so large part of hinge slot is at
bottom of hinge.
8. Remove door strike (E) from cabinet. Use a small, flat-blade
screwdriver to carefully remove 4 hinge hole plugs (F) on left
side of cabinet. Insert plugs in hinge holes on right side of
10. Remove door strike plug (B). Insert the door strike you
removed in Step 8 in hole and secure with screw. Insert door
strike plug in original door strike hole and secure with screw.
11. Close door and check that door strike aligns with door catch
(C). If needed, slide door catch left or right within slot to adjust
Complete Installation
1. Check to be sure all parts are now installed. If there is an extra
part, go back through the steps to see which step was
2. Check to be sure you have all of your tools.
3. Dispose of all packaging materials.
4. Check the dryer’s final location. Be sure the vent is not
crushed or kinked.
5. Check to be sure the dryer is level. See “Level Dryer.”
6. Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet. Turn power on.
7. Remove the blue protective film on the console and any tape
remaining on the dryer.
8. Read your “Dryer User Instructions.”
9. Wipe the dryer drum interior thoroughly with a damp cloth to
remove any dust.
10. Set the dryer on a full heat cycle (not an air cycle) for
20 minutes and start the dryer.
If the dryer will not start, check the following:
Dryer is plugged into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Electrical supply is connected.
House fuse is intact and tight, or circuit breaker has not
Dryer door is closed.
11. When the dryer has been running for 5 minutes, open the
dryer door and feel for heat. If you do not feel heat, turn the
dryer off and check to see whether gas supply line shutoff
valve is open.
■ If the gas supply line shutoff valve is closed, open it, then
repeat the 5-minute test as outlined above.
If the gas supply line shutoff valve is open, contact a
qualified technician.
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