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Where does the ground wire go in a 3-prong dryer cord configuration?

We moved to a new place where the dryer connection is 3-prong instead of 4-prong. The dryer was originally 4-prong, so we bought a 3-prong cord and installed it. It works fine, except I am not ...
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Insufficient voltage to dryer receptacle; what next?

I just moved into a home and I am hooking up a used dryer (which I'm told works). The dryer spins, but I get no heat. I bought a multimeter, and it tells me that the receptacle provides insufficient ...
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How do I connect a dryer with a four prong plug to a three prong socket?

I've just moved house and my clothes dryer has a four prong plug but on the wall there's a three prong socket. Do adapters exist for this? Or do I need to get a new cord for my dryer? Or is there ...
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Is it safe to install a three pronged cable into a four pronged dryer?

I just moved into an old home that has a three pronged wall jack as shown below: I have a newer dryer that has a four pronged cable. Please see the back of the dryer, I've removed the four pronged ...
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What is the best way to clean your clothes dryer exhaust?

My dryer exhaust goes out of my laundry room, into my attic, and runs for about 15 feet before it gets outside. Over time the lent has built up quite a bit. What is the best way to clean this? The ...
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Why does it take my dryer 3 hours to dry a load of clothes?

I have a Maytag model LD69806AAE clothes dryer. Since our tenants in our town home have moved in July 2012. They have pointed out that the dryer takes about 3 hours to dry a load of clothes. The dryer ...
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My dryer heating element broke in two: Can I just wrap the ends together?

I have a Whirlpool Estate dryer that recently quit drying. I narrowed the problem down to the heating element, then removed the element assembly and found a clean break in the coil at one end. A ...
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Dryer Outlet - 4 prong to 3 prong

Our new dryer has 3 prongs vs. 4. We are changing to the new 3 prong dryer outlet, but want to make sure we are grounding. The wires coming from the wall our white, red & black - the the copper ...
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30 amp dryer plug is hooked to a 40 amp double breaker, is this ok?

I just bought a home and needed to buy a new washer and dryer. The new dryers need a 30 amp plug, currently has 50 amp plug. I replaced the plug but noticed it was ran to a double pull 40 breaker, is ...
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Can I vent my dryer into the crawl space without creating mold and moisture problems?

We have a crawl space with a combination of sandy and clay soil in it. The crawl space is about 3' deep. To eliminate a long dryer vent run, I'd like to vent the dryer directly into the crawl space. ...
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Why would a GFI blink red

A detached garage on a property was recently wired with a 220 circuit to accommodate lighting, washer, and electric dryer . The problem is the GFI for the washer blinks red.
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Two dryers connected to the same exhaust via a "Y". Backdraft problems?

I have two dryers (one gas, one electric) and their exhaust pipes are merged with a "Y" to a common exterior exhaust. I'd like to keep it that way to minimize cuts through the wall (and eventually I ...
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Can an electric dryer be next to the gas furnace?

I intend to relocate my washing machine and electric dryer within the basement. The dryer will then be about 2 feet from the furnace. Is that OK?
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White wire when changing from 4 prong to 3 on dryer

I recently moved into a home with a 3 prong outlet for my 4 prong Kenmore dryer. I went to Home Depot to replace the 4 prong plug with a 3 to match the outlet. I was ready to install the new plug when ...
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Code requirements for moving 3 prong dryer outlet

I've read various posts here about the advantages of 4-prong over 3-prong, such as the dryer cabinet can become hot if there is an interrupt in the 3-prong neutral/ground. Examples: Dryer Outlet - 4 ...
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Can I run a natural gas dryer from a portable propane tank?

I bought a modular home in the woods with no w/d hookup,I want to know if it's safe & OK to hookup a 5 gallon propane tank to a gas dryer, plug it in & dry my clothes? Do I have to change ...
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Moving a washer and dryer when relocating across the country

I have been contemplating accepting a job offer on the opposite side of USA. If everything works out, I was thinking about putting all my belongings to a couple of u-haul u-boxes and have them shipped....
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How to tell if Nema outlets have been successfully brought up to code?

I moved into a new rental house ~3 weeks ago. The house was built in 1950, and the house's dryer hook-up has a Nema 10-30P outlet (3 prong, see picture). Also, The kitchen electric range (supplied by ...
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Split Gas Line to Gas Water Heater for Gas Dryer

I'd like to install a gas dryer by splitting the gas line that currently feeds the gas water heater. Is the solution as simple as splitting the line with a tee fitting/valve where the green arrow ...
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240 V outlet is not delivering 240 V

I recently moved into an apartment with a 3-prong, NEMA 10-30 outlet. It looks like this: I bought an old dryer that I confirmed was working before purchasing it and hooked it up and unfortunately ...
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Can a dryer receptacle be wired without a neutral?

In my apartment, I have a 4 wire 240V receptacle for a dryer where the neutral is not connected, only the 2 hots and ground. Is this configuration permitted for a dryer circuit? An electrician and ...
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Dryer Venting Woes - what to do?

I can certainly collect some pictures for this but I'm hoping on sound engineering & design principles I'll get a recommendation worthy of executing to that meets code. I have a vented clothes ...
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Is it ok that the cable for my dryer circuit is suspended from the ceiling?

I have a dryer line hanging from the ceiling joist. Will it pass code if it's attached to the poured concrete basement wall? Do I need to put the wire through conduit? Thanks.
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How should I route my dryer exhaust pipe?

My existing dryer vent run enters the crawlspace behind the dryer and exits through a vent that is part of one of the normal crawlspace vents. Since the house sits on a slight slope, the crawlspace on ...
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What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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Can a dryer be vented through the roof?

In my home the dryer vent is set up to vent out into an enclosed back porch. The problem is that all sorts of lint (and heat) get pumped out into that enclosed area and makes a mess. Directly above ...
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How can I vent this dryer?

I am installing a mini washer/dryer into a second story bathroom. I want it to be the safest and easiest installation that I can do myself. I understand the basics: minimum 4" diameter tube. Use ...
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How can I plug my 3 prong dryer into a 4 prong receptacle?

My dryer blew up and there is no chance of repair — it was pretty old anyway. I found a used dryer and brought it home. Unfortunately, the cord don't match the receptacle. I Need to know if ...
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Should my dryer cord's neutral and ground be connected to the same terminal?

I installed the dryer cord like the dryer diagram and the dryer was not working properly so I had an exchange. When sears came to install the new dryer they connected the neutral of the cord and the ...
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How can I access the lint duct assembly of a Maytag Centennial dryer?

We have a Maytag Centennial dryer (Model # MGDC700VW0) that has had its lint filter neglected too many times in-between runs. When the lint filter is over-full, pulling it out actually lets lint ...
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Whatzit? Name this dryer or washer thing-a-ma-bob

I am victorious! I have my new LG washer and gas dryer installed. After a weekend of pain and suffering. Well, at least a few trips to Home Depot. All's done except...I'm left with this one part. I ...
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Can I add a 120v branch for a washer to a 240v dryer circuit?

I’m running 10-3 Romex for a 240v electric dryer in our garage. It would be very convenient to tap into one hot leg and add a 120v outlet for the washer (they will be stacked). Is this allowed per NEC ...
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How can I prevent my clothes dryer door from fogging up?

When I turn the air conditioning on in my house, the inside of the window in the clothes dryer door fogs up. Also, if clothes are left in the dryer, they become slightly damp again. How can I prevent ...
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Where are the fuses in my Kenmore dryer, and how do I access them?

I have a Kenmore HE3 electric clothe dryer. The problem is that it has no heat even its drum is turning. (I set the temperature at high). The owner manual says it may have a fuse blown. Is the fuse ...
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I have 10/3 wire. Can I replace my 3 prong outlet with 4 prong for a dryer?

In my house there was a 3-prong outlet for the dryer and when I opened it I saw that there is 4 wires and the ground and neutral are on the same terminal. Can I change the outlet to a 4 prong? The hot ...
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Short circuit in dryer?

I need some advice. My dryer stopped working. blown thermal fuse. Replaced. Now when I open the dryer door before the timer goes off the dryer continues to spin. I've spent an hour or two looking ...
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Why does my laundry machine trip the GFCI when I plug it in?

My washer/dryer machine stopped working, and now when whenever I plug it into the GFCI it automatically trips the outlet (both the top and the bottom). I called an electrician in to come fix it and he ...
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Can an electric dryer be vented into a garage?

So, I have an unheated garage, but it is insulated. It maintains above freezing due to the contact with the house, but it still gets intolerably cold. I've considered routing my electric dryer out ...
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How to clean dryer ducts . Home is built on a slab

My home sits on a slab, I can only assume that the dry duct runs from the wall and under the house ( no crawl space.). there is a large pipe that exits the house on the outside where the cap is ...
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Is it safe to substitute a 10-gauge wire for ground strap on dryer?

I am backfitting a dryer with a 3-prong plug. The manual says to connect the body to the neutral terminal using a copper ground strap. I don't have a ground strap and none of the stores around carry ...
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Converting a Samsung Dryer from a 4-prong cord to a 3-prong cord?

I just bought my first home and I need to replace my 4-prong cord on my dryer to a 3-prong. I've removed the four prong and now I see this: I know how to hook up the three prong, I'm just unsure ...
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What is the best way to clean a dryer vent?

I posted this questions 6 months ago.. Why does it take my dryer 3 hours to dry a load of clothes? I checked the cycling thermostat and thermal fuse. They are operational. I have seen different ways ...
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Can I switch all the stuff from my electric dryer to a gas dryer eliminating the gas burner

We purchase a Kenmore stackable washer/ gas dryer. Can the gas dryer be converted to electric? We found out we don't have a gas line in laundry area.
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Washer & dryer lost power after the main breaker tripped

Some background. I am in a mobile home trailer type thing (not RV, this is stationary) in a mobile home park. Yesterday the main breaker tripped. This house has one on the inside in the electrical ...
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New dryer, old outlet

We just moved into a rental and will only be there 4 months. The dryer plug is three prong and our dryer is 4. Our landlord is kind of useless so we're not sure if he'll make an effort to do anything ...
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How do I connect a dryer to a dryer vent?

I just moved my dryer (gas) a couple feet to a better location in the basement. It is actually now closer to the existing dryer vent to the outside of the house. The previous owner has it connected ...
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Issues with 4 Prong to 3 Prong Conversion

I've really been at a loss trying to figure this out. Quick backstory: GF moved into apartment built prior to NEC code change so it has a 3 prong outlet. Her GE Profile dryer had a 4 prong plug ...
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How to connect a 230V jointer to a pre 1996 dryer circuit?

I would like to connect a jointer to my dryer receptacle but I am concerned about proper grounding. The jointer draws 8.5 amps at 230V and has a NEMA 6-15 plug. The dryer is plugged into a pre-1996 ...
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Dryer door switch

I have a Malber dryer (model TD700). They don't make them anymore. The door switch is broken. I would like to replace it. I can't buy a Malber one because they don't make them. I don't care if the ...
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No Ground on old dryer [duplicate]

My mom went out and bought a super old dryer to replace one that busted. I'm trying to hook it up with 4 prong cord hut there is no green nut for the ground. Where does the ground go?