trouble shooting my dryer, i get 240 across the leads, and 120 from either lead to the neutral... but only 60 from either lead to the ground. is this normal?

  • Do you get anything between neutral and ground? Is the ground wire connected at the panel, and is it unbroken from the panel to the receptacle? – Tester101 Feb 9 '14 at 22:10
  • I don't get anything between the neutral and the ground. The ground wire is connected at the receptacle, but i haven't had a chance to check if it is connected at the panel. I will be doing that in about a half hour. I was just curious as to if the 60V reading between the ground and either lead was normoal. Thanks! A – user19810 Feb 9 '14 at 22:30
  • I believe it is unbroken from the panel to the recptacle... there is certainly no planned interruption to the line between the two ends... – user19810 Feb 9 '14 at 22:32
  • It is not normal to have 60V to ground. It should read the same as the neutral. – Edwin Feb 9 '14 at 22:37
  • looked in the panel, the dryer circuit at the panel is 2 black & 1 white wires w no ground, & at the receptacle its red white & black with ground. At one point we moved our dryer 10 feet further from the panel- we must have put a junction box in the crawl space to make the wire long enough to reach new location. This was years ago. The other thing I notice is that one of the 2 dryer breakers is a bit loose- if you tug on the wire it snaps off of the center rail of the breaker w/out a lot of resistance. it'll pop right back on, and the multimeter does register 240 between leads. – user19810 Feb 9 '14 at 23:14

If the ground is not connected in the panel, you could theoretically read anywhere from 0 to 120V line to ground. The ground is floating, and so is not guaranteed to be 0.

Run an unbroken ground conductor from the panel to the receptacle, and your problem will be solved.

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