Need a lint screen, also need a hood for natural gas/propane
I have a Kenmore Elite Gas Dryer model 77082. I recently lost the lint strip in the lint screen and as a rersult the dryer stop working. I am in dire need of a lint screen. In addition I need to change the gas hood as the gas used on this machine is propane gas. It is sooting because the hood is incorrect base on the type of gas used.
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You have to get the conversion kit. Mostly the burner gas nozzels has to be changed. Propane has a higher BTU value than natural gas. So the burner nozzle has to be smaller with propane.
You have to have the right nozzle kit for your dryer. Normally the propane nozzle kit comes with the new dryer. It is attached in a plastic seethrough bag and attached somewhere in the back of dryer.
Also you have to adjust the air opening in the burner for propane. Propane need more air than natural gas to burn properly. If you buy the conversion kit or find the conversion kit in the back of your unit, it will clearly give instructions how to do it.
kenmore has instructions along with the correct orfices you need to burn propane the only difference between gas and propane orfices is the hole size in the center of the orfices and there is very little difference in size propane is smaller hole because the pressure difference between natural gas low pressure proppane higher pressure
Natural gas usually runs on 4 ounces of gas pressure. It is regulated at your gas meter. If you had an orifice in your propane line all you should need to do is remove it.(inside a connector by the dryer intake for gas) Just make sure you look at the back plate of your dryer or user manual and check the pressure rating.
You can order an LP conversion kit to change it over to propane. Most kits cost between 30 and 60 dollars, and require you to take the drum out of the dryer to access the gas valve for the change over.
make sure the exhaust vent is not plugged. shut gas off, disconnect hose, start dryer. stop and reconnect hose turn gas back on and try again.
also a propane dryer can work on on natural gas but it is very dangerous to run a natural gas dryer on propane because the orfice is too big.