If your mover’s service does not include disconnecting and reconnecting appliances or you’re moving yourself here are some tips that can help. Similar to the washer, we always recommend for any appliance, before you move to read the manual for any specific or individual instructions. The following are general rules that apply to moving, disconnecting, and reconnecting your dryers.
DISCONNECT ELECTRIC DRYER:
Unplug the dryer from the wall and tape the cord to the back of the dryer. If knobs are removable, take them off and place them in a bag and put it inside the drum of the dryer. Tape the lint trap in place. Disconnect the vent hose from the dryer, if you are taking hose with the dryer, disconnect vent hose from other end and place hose inside drum. Always ship the item on its feet wrapped securely in a moving pad. It’s advisable to use an appliance dolly with a strap to hold the dryer tightly.
DISCONNECT GAS DRYER:
Follow all the same steps as an electric dryer but add 1 step. After the dryer is unplugged and vent hose disconnected, pull away the dryer from the wall enough to get behind it. There will be a metal flexible gas line (usually ½) that attaches the dryer to the gas source line. Make sure it isn’t pulled too tight or bent, kinked, etc. At the wall, there should be a small shut off valve near the end of the gas line. If your dryer had been working turn it ¼ turn until its tight, this should shut off the gas. Then unscrew the flex hose at the gas line coupling, leaving it attached to the dryer (you’ll need the hose at your new home). At the hardware store, you can get a gas line cap and Teflon tape to properly complete the process. Wrap the Teflon tape around the threads of the gas line connection and screw the cap on tight. This should seal the line completely.
RECONNECT ELECTRIC DRYER:
Unwrap pads from the dryer and take out knobs (to reinstall them), and vent hose from drum. Place dryer where it will be permanently and adjust screw in feet so dryer sits flat and level. Take tape from the lint trap and free electric cord from back of dryer. At this point connect vent hose to back of dryer and to vent pipe. Secure with hose clamps if necessary. Plug in and the machine is ready for use.
RECONNECT GAS DRYER:
Follow same steps as electric dryer but add 1 step after vent hose is reinstalled. Make sure flexible gas line is still attached to the dryer. Uncap gas line at the wall. Screw on flexible gas line to source gas line attaching dryer to gas source, no type of sealant is necessary. Turn valve to open position. Plug the dryer in and it’s ready for use.
These tips can help with moving your dryers. As stated before, especially with newer machines, you should read the manual; it may give insight that may be specific to the unit, so keep the manual for any appliances purchased.