Converting the New Style Gas Valves in Whirlpool-built Gas Dryers

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on June 24, 2010

in Dryer Repair

All gas dryers come from the factory set up to run on natural gas. Some places, such as up here in extreme northern Yankeeland, use propane instead of natural gas. If that’s the case where you live, you’ll need to pervert the dryer to burn propane instead of natural gas. If you have an older dryer, see this page for perversion destructions.

If you have a newer Whirlpool-built gas dryer (built since 2009, includes Maytag and some Kenmore models) that you need to convert to run on propane, you’ll see that the gas valve on your dryer is a different animal from what’s shown in the aforementioned post. Whirlpool has modified the gas valve to make it even easier to do the conversion. This post will ‘splain it all to you.

These new gas valves have what looks like a cap where the blocking pin screw used to be on the older valves:

New Gas Valve on Whirlpool-built Gas Dryers

To convert the gas dryer, you’ll need the Gen-u-wine gas dryer perversion kit, which you can buy ratcheer. Here’s a purdy pitcher:

Whirlpool gas dryer conversion kit-- click it to git it, Hoss

Now, for those of you who don’t like reading a lot of detailed instructions, here’s the Cliff Notes® version:

New Gas Valves On Whirlpool and Maytag Gas Dryers

You can download the Official perversion destructions from the Downloads section at Appliantology.org: http://appliantology.org/files/file/809-whirlpool-gas-dryer-installation-instructions-for-w10293913-lp-propane-and-butane-gas-conversion-kit/

You’ll need to be an Apprentice or an Appliantologist to Download files there but this is painless and can cost as little as nothing. Details here: http://apprentice.appliantology.org/

Remember to leak check your work when you’re done so your house won’t go BOOM and your pants go brown! Come git you a bottle of gas leak bubble solution.


So mote it be!

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