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.
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