Electrical Circuit and Dryer Wiring
How to Know What Plug to Use for an Electric Clothes Dryer© By: Dave Rongey
Requirements for Electrical Dryer Wiring
Background: Carmen, from San Francisco
[ad#block]Electrical Question: I have a dryer that uses a 30 amp plug can I use a 15 amp type plug (3 prong).
Thanks for your electrical question Carmen.
How to Know What Plug to Use for an Electric Clothes Dryer
- No Carmen, a 15 amp 3 prong outlet would not work because it is not the right type of circuit.
- An electric dryer requires a dedicated 30 amp 240 volt circuit and the compatible cord and plug.
Wiring a Dryer Cord
Wiring a Dryer
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.
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