Testing an Electric Dryer Circuit

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Test a Dryer Plug Circuit to Make Sure the Power is Correct

How to Test a Dryer Plug Circuit

Electrical Question: My dryer was shutting off after 10 minutes of running  so we junked that one and got a new one and it’s doing the same thing . The old dryer was running find up to 2 weeks ago, we never touched any thing with that line.

This electrical question came from: David , a Homeowner from North East Maryland, Maryland

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question David

Testing a Dryer Plug Circuit

How to Test a Dryer Plug Circuit to Make Sure the Power is Correct

Dryer Circuit Testing

  • David, the dryer receptacle  should be tested to verify that the 240 volt electrical circuit power is correct with 120 volt to ground and neutral from each power leg.
  • When tested using a voltage tester the dryer outlet should show 240 volts between the two angle prongs, and 120 volt between each of these prongs to ground and or the neutral prong.
  • This is best performed by a qualified electrician who can make extensive tests  at various locations to evaluate and correct any abnormal conditions which may be present.


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