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Electrical Outlet Wiring for a Dryer

How to Wire a Dryer. Indications of Incorrect Dryer Outlet Wiring. A dedicated circuit is required for an electric clothes dryer and the wiring of the dryer outlet must be made correctly.

Wiring a Dryer
Electrical Question: My son wired my dryer outlet when moving the dryer from the basement. Now when I turn on the dryer it makes a loud buzzing noise and then shuts off. While doing this it smells warm. I thought it was the dryer motor so I replaced it, it still made the same noise and shut off. Could it be that the outlet is not wired right?

This electrical question came from: Janice, a Homeowner from Nevada, Missouri.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Janice.

How to Wire a Dryer

Indications of Incorrect Dryer Outlet Wiring

A dedicated circuit is required for an electric clothes dryer and the wiring of the dryer outlet must be made correctly.

Electrical Circuit for an Electric Clothes Dryer

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Wiring a Dryer for 3-Wire and 4-Wire Cords
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3-Wire and 4-Wire Configurations for Clothes Dryers

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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Question of the Day

Wiring a Switch for an Air Compressor

Wayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.

Dave's Reply:


Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.


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2 Responses to “Electrical Outlet Wiring for a Dryer”
  1. mandy wiley says:

    I unplugged the wire to my dryer to replace the drum seal and cannot remember where the wires connect and I looked at the wiring diagram and cannot make heads or tails of it. This is an ESTATE teds740pq1 electric dryer.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Mandy,
      The connections for the main dryer cord are indicated by the wire colors that are attached to the main terminal strip as seen inside the dryer. The cord connections are typically the power circuit wires on the two outside terminals. The remaining connections will depend on whether the cord has a 3-wire or 4-wire type configuration.
      Dave

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