Do I Have to Run New Wire for my Dryer?
April 26, 2019 by: Dave Rongey
Rick in Massachusetts asks: I am buying a new GE dryer for a 30 yr old home that has the typical 10-3 wiring. The manufacturer says it needs to be a 4-wire outlet.
240Volt Clothes Dryer Outlet
Electrical Question: Can I use the existing 10-3 wire for my New GE Dryer?
I am buying a new GE dryer for a 30 yr old home-has typical 10 3 wiring. The manufacturer says it needs to be a 4-wire outlet. Do I have to run new #10 wire or can I use the existing 10-3 wire?
This electrical wiring question came from Rick, a Handyman in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Rick.
Circuit Wiring for a New Dryer
Application: Wiring a GE Clothes Dryer.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Clothes Dryer, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Clothes Dryer should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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