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Can a 240V 15A outlet used for a washer be converted to a 240V 30A outlet for a dryer?

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s for USA, Canada and countries using similar 60Hz mains suppliesConversion Dangerous and NOT RecommendedUmmm no. If you did try to do it, you'd have a pretty good chance of burning your house down.

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I want to say "no" you can't do this based on what you've told me.

What matters here is the size of the wire, 240V is 240V and that part of it doesn't matter. A dryer uses #10 wire for 30 amps and a washer uses either #14, or #12 for Canada vs US. If you were to just switch out the receptacle you would run the risk of burning up the 15 amp wire as it's not designed to carry that kind of load continuously.

If you have a wire stripper that has the awg wire gauges on it and it measures out to #10, then you can swap out the receptacle and breaker and convert this to suit yourself.

If in doubt, always consult a licensed electrician.




If you do this work yourself, always turn off the powerat the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work AND always use a meter or voltage indicator to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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