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Electrical Wire Size for a 240 Volt Dryer

Can you use 12 gauge wire for a new electric dryer? Circuit Wire Size for an Electric Clothes Dryer: 220 Volt Dryer, 3-wire or 4-wire receptacle outlet.

Electric Dryer Wire Size
Electrical Question: Can you use 12 gauge wire for a new electric dryer?

Someone told us that #12 wire could be used. We thought that 10 gauge wire is the right size for an electric dryer.

This electrical question came from: Tina, from Dunkirk, New York.

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

The Correct Wire Size for an Electric Dryer Circuit

Application: 220 Volt or 240 Volt Dryer Cord and Outlet Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the available access to the dryer cord electrical connection box.
Precaution: Identify the dryer circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the dryer cord wiring.

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2 Responses to “Electrical Wire Size for a 240 Volt Dryer”
  1. Dallas Electricians says:

    I am not going to say what everyone else has already said, but I do want to comment on your knowledge of the topic. You are truly well-informed.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Thank you Dallas Electricians,
      I appreciate your kind comments about electrical wire size for a 220 volt dryer.
      It’s always good to hear helpful and encouraging comments from fellow electricians.


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