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Electric Clothes Dryer Double Pole Circuit

Which circuit breaker should be installed for an electric clothes dryer? How an Electrical Circuit is Wired for an Electric Clothes Dryer.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Which circuit breaker should be installed for an electric clothes dryer?

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This electrical question came from: Charlotte, a Homeowner in New Jersey.

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4 Responses to “Electric Clothes Dryer Double Pole Circuit”
  1. michael banks says:

    Will a 22 amp dryer work on a 20 amp outlet?

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Michael,
    No- A 22 amp load will not work on a 20 amp circuit.
    If this is an all electric dryer then a dedicated 240 volt circuit will be required.

  3. johnny says:

    Electric Dryer Stopped Working
    My electric dryer stopped working, bought new one it doesn’t work. The circuit breaker box has a 30 amp double pole circuit, one wire was 115volts reading and the other was 86volts. I called the landlord who said his son will be out to switch the wires down to the pool pump breaker. I believe it’s a double pole 20 amp is this safe and OK?

  4. Dave Rongey says:

    Fault with Dryer Circuit Breaker
    Hi Johnny,
    From what you have described the electric dryer circuit breaker either needs to be reset, the breaker is faulty, or the connection of the circuit breaker and the panel is at fault.
    The landlord should be advised that placing the dryer circuit onto the double pole 20amp pool circuit breaker will most likely cause the breaker to trip off. The solution is to identify the problem with the dryer circuit breaker and make the proper repairs.
    A qualified electrician is always the best person to perform this type of work.
    Be Safe,