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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
@MatthewPK done and lesson learned about composing questions the day after...
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
I really appreciate all the feedback! I really don't know which answer to check because my question was flawed.
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
As soon as I can confirm it's the machine and not the house wiring, I will.
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
@BMitch My wife complained about getting shocked(buzzed in her arm) when she was putting wet towels inside. I checked the ground strap and all three cord terminals and they were affixed correctly. I borrowed the multimeter to check the outlet ground when this Hot-Neutral 240v silliness started. Ultimately, I'm just trying to keep her around as long as possible. FYI, the dryer seems to be working properly otherwise and has dried at least 5-10 loads since we moved in.
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
Hopefully it's the meter. I will confirm tonight and get pictures.
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
I know this is impossible. That's why I asked here. I did fully remove the plug before testing. I did have to wiggle the test leads around a little to make the connection. My supervisor is a EE with 35 years of experience and he thinks it's likely the Fluke holding the last value(a known bug on some of their benchtop meters) and I'm consistently testing the same hot-neutral after testing the two hot leads. I will confirm tonight. Could it be a bad outlet? Anyway, I'll get readings with pictures tonight.
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
Thank you for the reply! It is a double pole 30 amp breaker at the main box. This is a strange problem and it's starting to look like it might be out of my skillset to deal with. I'm not totally deterred yet though.
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comment Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?
@Tester101 There isn't a cold pipe in the room except the fitting for the washer. Have not checked the batteries. It's a borrowed multimeter from work. I will do that. There is only the one breaker box on the back of the house as far as I can tell. There is a double breaker for the dryer there. I have not done anything at the box because I don't think I can identify the connections without a proper diagram. Will look at that tonight.
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