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Gas dryer installation: A how-to guide

Whether you’re replacing an old model or adding one for the first time, figuring out how to hook up a gas dryer can feel like navigating uncharted territory. However, you may be able to learn how to install a gas dryer if you understand the task, prioritize safety and follow the specific instructions in your product manual.

Use this guide to learn more about gas dryer installation to help you determine if you can manage the task yourself or if you need the help of a professional.

Can you install a gas dryer yourself?

It is possible to install a gas dryer yourself, if your laundry room already has the correct gas connections and you take the right precautions. You’ll also need at least one person’s help. Always prioritize safety and follow the specific instructions and guidelines for your model provided by your dryer’s manufacturer.

NOTE: If your space does not have the proper connections, you will need professional installation.

How to install a gas dryer

From removing the packaging and attaching the feet, to connecting the gas line and hooking up the venting system and power cord, safety is your number one priority when installing a gas dryer.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific model for detailed steps on installation. You can use this guide as an overview of what’s typically involved with a gas dryer installation.

  • Vent clamps

  • Level

  • Utility knife

  • Propane-resistant pipe-joint compound

  • Leak-detection fluid

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Step 1: Remove packaging

With your utility knife, carefully cut open the sides of the dryer packaging and dispose of the packaging responsibly. Next, remove any plastic wrap or Styrofoam cushioning and check the dryer drum for any included manuals. Be sure you have all parts of the dryer.

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Step 2: Install dryer feet

With a friend’s help, tilt the dryer onto its back. Install the included leveling feet by screwing them in. Carefully tilt the dryer back upright.

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Step 3: Power up your dryer

Connecting your dryer’s power cord is important, but the specifics may vary depending on your model. To help ensure proper installation, refer to the detailed instructions in your user manual. If you’re not comfortable with electrical tasks, schedule an appointment with a licensed technician.

If you own a Whirlpool brand gas dryer and require professional assistance installing the power cord, simply visit the Whirlpool help desk to schedule an appointment.

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Step 4: Connecting the gas

Just like the power cord, gas dryer connection steps may differ based on your dryer model. Always consult your product manual for detailed instructions. If you’re uncomfortable making gas connections, contact a professional or your local gas company for assistance.

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Step 5: Install the vent

Before diving in, map out your vent path using the handy tips in your manual. Once you’ve got the placement figured out, loosely attach the vent clamp to the vent and connect it to your dryer exhaust. Then, tighten things up with your screwdriver.

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Step 6: Push into place and check leveling

With all connections secure, team up again with another person and gently slide your gas dryer into its final spot. Grab your level and check for evenness on all sides. If the dryer is uneven, work together to slightly pull it out and adjust its leveling feet. Once it’s balanced, plug it into a grounded, three-prong outlet, push it back into place and run a test cycle to finish your gas dryer installation.


NOTE: If you have any questions, concerns or uncertainty, it is recommended you contact a professional to assist in your installation.

How much does it cost to install a gas dryer?

Depending on where you live, the cost to install a gas dryer varies. On average, installing a gas dryer can range from $125 to $2,000. Labor costs, materials, a new gas line, appliance removal and disposal, drywall repair and more factors into pricing for installation.

How do you install a dryer gas line?

Because the gas line connection process may differ slightly depending on the specific dryer model, always refer to your product manual for more detailed instructions. If any step seems unclear or you’re unsure about proceeding, don’t hesitate to contact a qualified professional for assistance.

How do you extend a gas line for a dryer?

This is a task that you shouldn’t try to manage on your own. If you need to extend a gas line for your dryer, contact a qualified professional or your local gas company to help ensure safe and proper installation.

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Tips for installing a gas dryer

Gas dryers offer powerful drying capabilities, but their installation requires careful attention. Here are a few tips to help provide a successful gas dryer installation. Also, it is highly recommended to consult a qualified professional for installing a gas dryer.

  • A short vent path is ideal for fast, powerful drying.

  • Foil tape is the only kind of tape meant to withstand the dryer heat, don’t use alternatives like duct tape.

  • Avoid using anything that would protrude into the venting.

  • Check your local fire codes and product manual to see if your gas dryer needs to be elevated.

Explore Whirlpool® Dryers

Whether you’re replacing your gas dryer or your laundry room is in need of an upgrade, Whirlpool brand has gas dryers with various options to help make laundry day a little more simple. From the energy-efficient EcoBoost Option to the AccuDry™ Sensor Drying Technology that helps prevent overdrying on select models, Whirlpool® Dryers provide several features designed to help streamline your family’s laundry.

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