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This electrical wiring question came from: John, a Homeowner from Parachute, Colorado

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question John.

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This Dryer Question Specifically

  1. From what has been mentioned in the question, this clothes dryer may be a dual voltage dryer that can be wired for 120 volts or 240 volts.
  2. My concern here is that if this dryer truly is dual voltage then the nameplate should show two different watt ratings, one for 120 volt and another for 240 volt.
  3. If the dryer will require the same amount of watts at at 120 volts then it will require a 50 amp 120 volt circuit, which seems highly irregular and will cost a lot to run at that voltage.
  4. I would believe that the nameplate states both 120/24o because the control timer and buzzer is most likely 120 volts, and the heating elements and the motor are 240 volts, and this may be causing your confusion.
  5. If this is true, then the dryer should be wired for the standard 30 amp 240 volt connection and no alterations should be made to the internal wiring aside from the ground and neutral configurations, if allowed by the dryer.
  6. If this dryer is really dual voltage then the key to converting it would be to locate the wiring schematic or wiring diagram that should be attached to the dryer showing both voltage connection wiring assignments.
  7. The wiring assignments will involve moving internal wires of the terminals from one position to another to obtain the voltage that you have available.
  8. You must keep in mind that the voltage that you are wiring for must be the voltage that is at the receptacle that the dryer will be plugged into, and the cord wiring assignments must be configured correctly as well.
  9. If the wiring connections are not correct throughout then you risk a direct short which would trip the circuit breaker.

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