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Electrical Circuit Requirements for a Clothes Dryer

How to Installing a Clothes Dryer Electrical Circuit – A typical 240 volt electric power circuit and the dryer cord wiring system.

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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Can 8 gauge wire and a 40 amp breaker be used for a clothes dryer circuit, the material was left over from a previous job?

This electrical wiring question came from: Jamin, a Contractor from Owasso, Oklahoma

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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Jamin

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2 Responses to “Electrical Circuit Requirements for a Clothes Dryer”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Tim,
    Make sure the circuit that is supplying the power to the washer dryer matches what is specified by the installation manual and the connections to the outlet and connections of the cord to the unit are correct. The distance of 60 feet should not be a problem that would affect the performance of the dryer. Compare the existing circuit to the specified requirements of the unit and double check the connections then make adjustments as needed.

  2. Tim says:

    I have a washer dryer set up, 60 ft away from panel. 10/2 was ran on a 30 amp breaker. The dryer will not get hot enough to dry clothes. Will upgrade to #8 and a 40 amp breaker be sufficient to carry enough amps that distance to get dryer to work properly. Just disposed of a very nice front load set because of these issues. 240volt minimum to dry 4 pair of jeans, 2 shirts and a couple other items.