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Ginginrn99

11:37AM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
4 lifetime posts
HELP!!! My dryer has a 4 pronged plug -- I just moved into a condo that has a 3 pronged outlet in the wall!! Help!! Not too handy but willing to learn....is this a big problem and what do I need to do ?? thanks in advance !! Ginny

NicoBearCub

01:51PM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 02/08/04
16 lifetime posts
I think this is a problem because the outlet for a dryer is usually 220, and most standard outlets are 110.

When you bought the condo did it say it had an electric dryer hook-up?

DanO

03:03PM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2267 lifetime posts
** My dryer has a 4 pronged plug -- I just moved into a condo that has a 3 pronged outlet in the wall!! **

The best (and likely proper) method would be to replace the wall outlet (possibly requirng running a different line to it). You may however be able to used the instructions at the following link for converting a 3 prong plug and cord into four, but in reverse?

LINK > Can any one tell me how to change my electric dryer from a 3 prong plug to a 4 prong?

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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Outlaw

11:12PM | 02/11/04
Member Since: 02/11/04
27 lifetime posts
The difference is the 4 wire plug on your dryer uses a dedicated ground wire and the 3 wire outlet shares the ground with the neutral. The 4 wire is safer and you should have an electrician replace the outlet in the condo with a 4 wire dryer outlet. You could change the cord on the dryer to a 3 wire outlet but I don't recomend it.


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