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Sheila123

02:11PM | 11/09/05
Member Since: 11/08/05
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We just bought a used dryer to replace our old one. The "new to us" one is a Maytag, supposed to be about five years old, certainly looks newer and in good shape, and was working when it was unplugged and put in the owner's garage. (I don't know how long ago, and, unfortunately, it was not possible to actually try it out before we took it.)

The dryer has a four-pronged plug, and my daughter just switched it for the still-good three-pronged plug from our old machine to fit our dryer's separate fuse box. The dryer started right up, but we couldn't get any heat at all from any of the different temperature gauges.

I'm sure Maytag had some reason for putting a four-pronged plug on its dryer and wonder whether there's any connection between the no-heat problem and using a plug that is different from the original Maytag plug.

If we do have to use the four-pronged plug, is there such a thing as an adapter like those orange ones that will let you plug a three-pronged plug into a two-pronged outlet? If not, would it be an easy job to simply replace the existing three-pronged outlet at the fuse box with a four-pronged outlet from Home Depot or would we need to call an electrician?

Would really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.

Sheila123

DanO

09:27PM | 11/09/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** wonder whether there's any connection between the no-heat problem and using a plug that is different from the original plug. **

If the cord was installed correctly, there shouldn't be.

** if we do have to use the four-pronged plug **

It is not absolutely necessary.

** is there such a thing as an adaptor **

No.

** would it be an easy job to simply replace the existing three-pronged outlet at the fuse box with a four-pronged outlet **

The outlet should not be attached to a "fuse box".

But a 4-prong outlet would need a 3-wire (plus ground) line from the fuse box to the outlet. A 3-prong outlet does not require the separate ground wire and its supply circuit probably does not have one so a new line would likely need to be run to properly install a 4-prong dryer outlet.

JFYI

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Clothes+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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Sheila123

04:30AM | 11/10/05
Member Since: 11/08/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks very much for the speedy response.

Sorry, but I didn't mean the dryer was or would be directly connected to the main

fuse box (ours isn't really a fuse box but one where you just snap the switch back on). The dryer is directly connected to its own fuse box (which is an actual fuse box and takes long cylindrical fuses).

So if the 3-pronged plug should work just as well as Maytag's 4-pronged plug and we double-check to be sure it was installed properly and find that it was, do you have any ideas about why there is no heat?

Would you need the model number to come up with possible problems?

Again, thanks in advance.

Sheila123

DanO

08:05AM | 11/10/05
Member Since: 11/11/02
2271 lifetime posts
** do you have any ideas about why there is no heat? **

There are lots of possibilities for that condition on electric dryers as described at the following link. Each would have to be tested for one at a time until the cause in your case is found.

- Can anybody tell me the most likely scenarios for lack of heat in an electric dryer?

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=457

A bad fusebox fuse/breaker or broken dryer element coil might be the most likely possibilities being the dryer was just moved to the current location.

** Would you need the model number to come up with possible problems? **

Not at this immediate time although it wouldn't hurt to post it with your next message if you need further assistance.

Dan O.

www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=Maytag+Dryer

The Appliance Information Site

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Sheila123

11:11AM | 11/10/05
Member Since: 11/08/05
3 lifetime posts
Thanks again. I think I'll have to put in a little time, though, in studying up on how to track down the problem. The first possibility, the fuse one, was a nice, easy one, but I'll have to reread the others.

Your web site looks great - I certainly want to log onto it and check out the info on other appliances when I can put some more time into it than I can right now.

Appreciate the help.

Sheila123
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