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type911

02:52PM | 04/09/03
Member Since: 04/08/03
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This is a really newbie type question but here goes... I recently acquired a new dryer for my 40+ year old home. The problem that I have is that the dryer plug is too big for my regular 3-prong outlet! Do I need to get that outlet rewired or is there a plug converter that I can purchase somewhere?

Thanks in advance,
Steve

DanO

03:25PM | 04/09/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** the dryer plug is too big for my regular 3-prong outlet! **

By "regular 3-prong outlet" do you mean one that you might plug a lamp or toaster into? If so, a new 240 volt line will need to be installed and an appropriate wall outlet as that outlet is only for 120 volts.

If you mean the old dryer plug had a 3 prong plug and the new has a 4 prong plug, either the wall outlet will need to be replaced (and possibly a new power line installed to it) or the cord on the dryer will need to be changed to a 3 terminal one.

Dan O.
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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited April 09, 2003).]

type911

03:54PM | 04/09/03
Member Since: 04/08/03
2 lifetime posts
Thanks Dan!

It seems that I'll need to get a new line installed as the 3-prong plug that I was referring to is the type that you would plug a regular toaster into.

Cheers,
Steve


DanO

04:17PM | 04/09/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
The only dryer which would be able to plug into that would be a 120 volt portable model (very rare) or a gas dryer but than it'd also need to be hooked up to gas.

Dan O.

BV002562

09:12AM | 11/15/13
The three prong plus on our new dryer (Amana) is too large to plug into three prong outlet - our old dryer had a three prong and it fit. Help.
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