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.
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.
- Janice, yes it could be that the dryer outlet is not wired right, and there could be a serious problem with the way your son installed the new wiring for the dryer.
- From what has been described in this question, do the following IMMEDIATELY:
- The circuit for the dryer should be turned off until the problem has been identified and corrected otherwise there could be an electrical shock hazard and possible damage to the dryer and internal components.
- You should have a licensed electrical contractor make the repairs.
Electrical Circuit for an Electric Clothes Dryer
- A dedicated 30 amp 240 volt circuit is required for an electric clothes dryer.
- This circuit is best installed by a licensed electrical contractor with a permit and all work should be inspected.
More about Wiring a Dryer
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.
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
Wiring a Switch for an Air CompressorWayne 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.
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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