Installing a Washer Dryer Unit with an Existing Dryer Plug
Will my 240volt 3 prong outlet work with a new dryer with a 250volt with a 4 prong cord? How to Connect 3 Prong and 4 Prong Plugs for a Washer Dryer Combo.
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[ad#block]Electrical Question: Will my 240volt 3 prong outlet work with a new dryer with a 250volt with a 4 prong cord?
- I want to buy a Bosch vent less washer and dryer, the washer dryer combo uses 240volts with 3 prongs.
- My outlet in the laundry closet has 30 amps 125/250volts with four prongs.
- Will it work and will the new dryer plug cause any damages by using a 240v 3 prong with outlet with 250v with 4 prong?
Please let me know.
This electrical question came from: Bill in New York.
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Thanks for your electrical question Bill.
3 Prong and 4 Prong Plugs for a Washer Dryer Combo
- The new washer and dryer unit should work with your existing plug if it has the same configuration.
- The typical dyer circuit is 30 amps 125/250volts the difference is that the newer code requires 4-wire or a dedicated neutral.
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I have a combination washer / dryer (over and under) unit that has a NEMA 14-30 plug on it. The house I’m moving into has a NEMA 10-30R socket in the wall. My question is, can I change out the socket to a NEMA 14-30 so that I can leave the washer/dryer in tact? this is the only plug on it and powers both the washer and the dryer. The breaker for this outlet is a 30 amp – double pole breaker. Wire guage is unknown at this time….
The issue is that the NEMA 10-30 is a 3-wire outlet, and the washer/dryer has a 4-wire cord. IF this washer/dryer manual states that a 3-wire cord may be installed then that would be the solution, but I think you may find that the unit requires a separate neutral wire therefore you could only install a NEMA 14-30 IF there were a unused neutral wire with the existing 30 amp circuit, and that could only be known by turning the circuit OFF and removing the existing outlet.
Hello, I do have concerns regarding my 4 prong dryer outlet its because my kids keep messing with the power of the dryer. I just wanted to put a 20 or 30 amp off switch on it, is it possible? I was confused because of the 4 wire, and which wire will go to the switch then to the outlet, 2 of those were + ,neutral, white and ground, the live wire were red and black.
If you were to install an On/OFF switch, then the switch would need to be rated for the dryer circuit, which is rated for 30 amps 240 volts. The switch would be a 2-pole switch and it would have to be installed into a switch box enclosure that is grounded. The 240 volt circuit wires would be attached to the switch.
Another consideration is to install a 30 amp non-fused disconnect which would accomplish the same thing. Keep in mind that either way, the switch or disconnect must be located in an accessible location.