07:11PM | 09/11/04
Member Since: 09/10/04
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I just moved into a old house and I have an old dryer to install. The dryer is a 3 prong and the dryer itself says 30 amps. The outlet and circuit breaker (and dryer cord which we had to buy new) for the dryer say 50 amps. Is this ok? Is a 50 amp breaker/outlet/cord too much for a 30 amp dryer? thanks


07:40PM | 09/11/04
Member Since: 07/23/04
491 lifetime posts

The cord and outlet are oftee rated for up to 50 amps, but the breaker for an electric dryer should be a 30 amp breaker.

A copy:

*Electric dryer - 220 - 240 volt, 60 hertz, properly grounded circuit with 30 amp breaker or fuse protection. #10 gauge wire is preferred.*


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09:43AM | 09/12/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
BTW. Make sure it is a *dryer cord* and outlet you purchased and not a range cord.

A 4-prong dryer cord plug (the current standard) will have 2-flat prongs, 1-round prong and 1 "L" shaped prong. A 4-wire range cord will have 3-flat prongs plus 1-round one.


Dan O.

The Appliance Information Site



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