Voltage Readings and Dryer Outlets
How to Test a Dryer Circuit and Outlet – We just had brand new house built, the dryer breaker tripped now the dryer doesn’t work.
Dryer Outlet Voltage Readings
Electrical Question: We just had brand new house built, the dryer breaker tripped now the dryer doesn’t work.
- The electrician came back out to look and he sees no problem with the breaker or outlet.
- I have tested the outlet myself and ground to neutral is reading 120.
- Everyone is telling me it should read nothing.
- I called the electrician again and he said its fine.
- I’m really confused because I’m not sure what is right or wrong.
This electrical wiring question came from: Michelle, from Louisville, Kentucky
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Michelle
How to Test a Dryer Circuit and Outlet
- It is correct that there should not be a reading of 120 volts between the neutral and the ground.
- This is an abnormal condition and should be corrected before attempting to use the outlet.
- A qualified electrical contractor will need to inspect the circuit and wiring and make the necessary corrections.
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