Electrician Training Electrical Certification wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable
wire a thermostat wire a telephone jack wire a dishwasher wire a disposal wire a stove range cord wire a oven wire a exhaust fan electrical wire box wire a smoke detector wire circuit breaker wire a cord home energy savings electrical voltage tester electrical tools electrician tool pouch nec home electrical wiring codes
Electrical Questions and Answers to Troubleshoot and Repair Electric Wiring Problems

Electrical Outlet Wiring for a Dryer

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

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

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.

Learn How to Wire it Right with my
Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electrical Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

» Click here to learn more about Home Electrical Wiring «
  repair electrical wiring  

MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC: 240 Volt Dryer Circuit

Click the banner to Ask an Electrical Question:
electrical question

FAQs Frequently Asked Questions and Comments

2 Responses to “Electrical Outlet Wiring for a Dryer”
  1. 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.

  2. 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.