Wiring an Electric Clothes Dryer in an Older Home
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Question: I have an old home with old electrical wiring. The power outlet for Dryer is 3 wire. I got a used Maytag Neptune dryer with a 4 wire cord. What do you think is better: to replace the wire cord of the dryer for a three wire cord or to replace the outlet for a 4-wire outlet? Is it possible to replace the old 3 wire outlet for a 4 wire outlet since it is an old wire home (1983)
This electrical question came from: Luis, from Wellington, Florida
Thanks for your electrical question Luis
Electrical Wiring for a Dryer
If the electrical wiring is old as mentioned, then I highly recommend installing a new 4-wire dryer circuit which will be much safer than the old existing 3-wire circuit.
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.
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