Safe Locations For Electric Dryer Outlets
August 18, 2012 by: Dave Rongey
Make Sure You Are Mounting the Clothes Dryer Outlet in a Safe Location – The dryer outlet should not be installed below the water attachments for the washing machine.
Options for a Safe Clothes Dryer Outlet
Electrical Question: A 30 amp dryer receptacle was mistakenly placed 6 inches below the water supply for the washing machine.
- It is also below the drain hose, about 12 inches away.
- There is no extra electrical wiring that would allow me to move the receptacle up.
- I’m worried about this situation.
- Is a 30 amp GFCI breaker a good solution?
This electrical question came from: Chris, a Homeowner from Marshall, NC USA
Thanks for your electrical question Chris.
I see your concern Chris, lets review:
Make Sure You Are Mounting the Clothes Dryer Outlet in a Safe Location
- The dryer outlet should not be installed below the water attachments for the washing machine.
- You could install a 30 amp 240 volt GFCI circuit breaker, which is pretty expensive.
- Or as an alternative you could install an additional section of the electrical wiring cable from the existing junction box to a safer location
- Then use the existing receptacle box as a splice box and place a blank cover over it.
The Following will assist you with your electrical question:
How to Wire a Dryer
Wiring a Dryer
- 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.
Electrical Wiring Protection using Circuit Breakers
A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.
Choosing the Right Electrical Wire
Electrical Wire for the Home
- Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts
- Home electrical wiring projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines
For more information about Circuit Wiring
Electrical Circuit Wiring
- This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits
- and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.
This link is helpful as a Homeowner
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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