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Electrical Outlet Wiring for a Dryer

How to Wire a Dryer. Indications of Incorrect Dryer Outlet Wiring. A dedicated circuit is required for an electric clothes dryer and the wiring of the dryer outlet must be made correctly.

Wiring a Dryer
Electrical Question: My son wired my dryer outlet when moving the dryer from the basement. Now when I turn on the dryer it makes a loud buzzing noise and then shuts off. While doing this it smells warm. I thought it was the dryer motor so I replaced it, it still made the same noise and shut off. Could it be that the outlet is not wired right?

This electrical question came from: Janice, a Homeowner from Nevada, Missouri.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Janice.

How to Wire a Dryer

Indications of Incorrect Dryer Outlet Wiring

A dedicated circuit is required for an electric clothes dryer and the wiring of the dryer outlet must be made correctly.

Electrical Circuit for an Electric Clothes Dryer

More about Wiring a Dryer

Wiring a Dryer for 3-Wire and 4-Wire Cords
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3-Wire and 4-Wire Configurations for Clothes Dryers

See an electric dryer installation with a typical 220 Volt electric power cord wiring system. You may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer, or a 3-wire or 4-wire outlet. Lets look a how the electric dryer is wired and what to do if your cord does not match the plug.


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2 Responses to “Electrical Outlet Wiring for a Dryer”
  1. mandy wiley says:

    I unplugged the wire to my dryer to replace the drum seal and cannot remember where the wires connect and I looked at the wiring diagram and cannot make heads or tails of it. This is an ESTATE teds740pq1 electric dryer.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Mandy,
      The connections for the main dryer cord are indicated by the wire colors that are attached to the main terminal strip as seen inside the dryer. The cord connections are typically the power circuit wires on the two outside terminals. The remaining connections will depend on whether the cord has a 3-wire or 4-wire type configuration.
      Dave

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