Whirlpool 3978909 Clothes Dryer User Manual

Have questions about your dryer?
Check your Use and Care Guide for a toll-free number to call, or call your
dealer. The dealer is listed in the Yellow Pages of your phone directory
under “Appliances — Household — Major — Service and Repair.”
When you call, you will need the dryer model number and serial number.
Both numbers are on the model/serial rating plate located in the door well
behind the dryer door and on front of opening.
Record the numbers here for handy reference:
Model No.
Serial No.
Moving dryer to a new location?
Check with your gas supplier or dealer to confirm that your dryer is equipped with the
correct burner for the particular type of gas in your new home. Burner information is
specified on the model/serial rating plate.
Installation Instructions
Read and
save these
Installer: Leave
Installation Instructions
with homeowner.
Homeowner: Keep
Installation Instructions
for future reference.
For best performance,
install dryer according
to Installation
Instructions. Failure to
complete installation as
instructed could void
Save Installation
Instructions for local
electrical inspector’s use.
Mobile home installations require:
• Mobile Home Installation Kit, Part Number 346764*
• Metal exhaust system hardware*
Floors sloped greater than 1 inch:
Require Extended Dryer Feet Kit, Part No. 279810*
*Available for purchase from your dealer.
Parts supplied:
Parts needed:
Before you start:
4 leveling legs
Remove parts package from dryer drum.
Check that all 4 legs were included.
Gas supply line must have:
• 1/8" NPT plugged tapping.
• Shutoff valve within 6 feet of appliance is required.
Rigid gas supply line must be:
• 1/2" IPS pipe used with a combination of pipe
• Connection to dryer:
New, flexible metal tubing design-certified by
— 3/8" flare x 3/8" NPT female.
Optional connection to dryer:
Gas supply line tubing must be:
• Lengths under 20 feet can use 3/8" approved
tubing (if codes and gas supplier permit).
• Lengths over 20 feet should use larger tubing.
L.P. Gas Conversion:
Conversion must be made by a qualified
technician. A qualified service technician is someone
experienced and trained in servicing gas equipment
and familiar with necessary precautions. See gas valve
burner base for gas conversion kit part number.*
Check local codes and with gas supplier, and read
electrical, gas and venting requirements before
purchasing parts.
Preferred Acceptable
Exhaust hood
Do Not use exhaust hoods with magnetic latches.
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
Gas Dryer
Set to operate on NATURAL GAS.
Part No. 3978909
Shut off electrical supply
to dryer. Unplug power
supply cord and tape it
securely to dryer.
Shut off gas supply valve in
the gas supply line.
Disconnect gas fittings from
dryer and cap gas supply
line. Tape end of dryer gas
Tape top
to cabinet.
Tape door
to front
Turn leveling
legs all the
way in.
Slide dryer onto cardboard
or hardboard before moving
it across the floor to prevent
damaging floor covering.
Printed in U.S.A.
Part No. 3978909
© 2000 Whirlpool Corporation
Your safety and the safety of
others are very important.
We have provided many important
safety message in this manual and
on your appliance. Always read
and obey all safety messages.
This is the safety alert
This symbol alerts you
to potential hazards that can kill or
hurt you and others.
All safety messages will be
preceded by the safety alert
symbol and the word “DANGER”
or “WARNING”. These words
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.
You can be killed or seriously injured
if you don’t immediately
You can be killed or seriously injured
if you don’t follow instructions.
Tools needed:
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
• flat-blade screwdriver
• adjustable wrench that
opens to 1" or 1" hex-
head socket wrench (for
adjusting dryer feet)
• level
• safety glasses
• pipe-joint compound
resistant to L.P. gas
• caulking gun and
compound (for installing
new exhaust vent)
• gloves
• pliers
• putty knife
• tin snips (new vent
— 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
Clear the room, building or area of
all occupants.
Immediately call your gas supplier
from a neighbor’s phone. Follow gas
supplier’s instructions.
If you cannot reach your gas
supplier, call the fire department.
— Installation and service must be
done by a qualified installer, service
agency or the gas supplier.
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.
Four-inch heavy metal exhaust vent and clamps
must be used. Dura Safe™ vent products are
Dura Safe vent products can be purchased from your
dealer or by calling Whirlpool Parts & Accessories
1-800-442-9991, Mon-Fri: 8am to 9pm (CST), Sat:
9am to 4:30pm (CST). Visit our internet site at
See Panel E for more information.
Fire Hazard
Use a heavy metal vent.
Do not use a plastic vent.
Do not use a metal foil vent.
Failure to do so can result in death or fire.