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I am not responsible for the application of this information by any party, including those lacking sufficient skill or knowledge to perform these steps safely and any hazard created is the SOLE responsibility of the user.)

  • 1] TURN OFF THE BREAKER [or other power source] ... usually a 2-pole 30-amp breaker or fused disconnect switch
  • 2] Unplug your dryer
  • 3] Pull the dryer out and look where the present cord set enters the dryer through a connector
  • 4] Get a new cord set - exactly like your old one [probably a NEMA 10-30P plug if three prong or NEMA 14-30P plug if four prong]
  • 5] Get the tools that fit the fasteners you confront
  • 6] Remove the old cord set
  • 7] Install the new cord set just like the old one was installed
  • 8] Close it up
  • 9] Plug it in
  • 10] Turn the breaker or disconnect switch back on


As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

Before you do any work yourself,

on electrical circuits, equipment or appliances,

always use a test meter to ensure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.




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Q: How do you replace a 220-240 volt plug on a clothes dryer?
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Where can one buy an electrical plug for a clothes dryer?

An electrical plug for a clothes dryer can be bought in most general hardware stores or even in some department stores with a reasonable hardware department.

Is it safe to plug in a clothes dryer after laying it on it's side?


Why wont your Electric Clothes dryer turn on anymore?

Maybe the fuse in the plug or in the machine itself has blown.

Can you use a plug for a clothes dryer on an electric range?

The electric range needs a 40 amp plug to match with a 40 amp range receptacle. A dryer plug only has a rating of 30 amps and will not match the pin configuration of a range receptacle.

Plug a dryer into a regular plug?

Need to know what type of dryer.

How do you know if clothes dryer is hard wired?

Hard wired means that there is no plug and receptacle in the circuit powering the dryer. What you will find is a metal jacketed cable that will come out of the wall or floor and go right into the dryer.

Why does your circuit breaker keep tripping when you plug in your clothes drier?

Dryer fault or inadequate circuit, consult local expert.

Can you plug a 240v heater into a 220v dryer plug?

You might have a problem as the dryer plug also carries a neutral with it. What type of plug is on the heater right now?

What is the max height of dryer plug from floor?

The maximum height of the dryer plug from the floor should be 1.5m.

Can you plug an electric dryer into an outlet on a 40 amp breaker?

Electric clothes dryers in the U.S. should be on 30 amp breakers only.

Can you change the dryer plug from a 220 plug to a 110 plug to use a dryer?

No you can't. The dryer is designed to 220, and it won't work. You need a step down transformer rated at the hairdryer wattage.Try Tandy/Radio Shack.

Does a 4 wire plug for a dryer can be replaced with a 3 wire plug?

The fourth prong is a ground for the body of the dryer. The dryer will work fine with the 3 main ones. Building code requires the four wire plug now, but you can change it and the dryer will work. If you have a 4 plug outlet and a 3 wire cord, you can just change the cord and not use the second ground or connect to the the frame of the dryer.

How do you convert a gas drier to an electric drier?

A gas clothes dryer will never become an electric dryer. To convert from an old gas dryer to a new electric model, the only major thing is to make sure there is the right kind of electric power outlet. Nearly all dryers require a large 30A 230V plug. Your gas dryer had only a regular 15A 117V plug, just light the other regular outlets in the house. Grounding is essential (!) for an electric dryer. If the ground is not there you will eventually get a horrible shock from the washer or dryer. A few clothes dryers (usually apartment sized models) use only the standard outlet, but expect a drying time of 2 hours plus for a small load of clothes.

Can you convert a stove plug to a dryer plug?

Yes, you can. Don't forget to also convert the stove BREAKER to a dryer BREAKER (otherwise your dryer can someday fry well before the breaker trips).

What is the difference in a 4 and a 3 prong dryer cord?

The four blade dryer plug brings a separate ground wire from the machine to the electrical grounding system. The three blade dryer plug depended on the neutral wire of the plug to make this connection.

Where do you plug in a hair dryer?

in a power outlet

Can you plug a four prong dryer into a three prong outlet or is there an adapter you should use?

The best thing to do would be to replace the outlet with a four prong outlet. That way you get a separate equipment ground which is required by the newest code. Otherwise you could replace the cord on the dryer with a 3 prong cord, and connect the ground and neutral together in the dryer, but this is no longer recommended.

Can you plug a dryer into an electric range plug?

Not normally, the pins are in a different configuration.

What is needed to change from an old dryer to a new one?

As long as the new dryer has the same plug configuration as the old one, just plug it into the same receptical that the old dryer was plugged into.

If you have a breaker that has a 120240v and your dryer has a 240v plug can you change the receptacle to a 240v?

if i have a breaker that has a 120/240v and my dryer has a 240v plug can i change the receptacle to a 240v

How do you change the plug on your clothes dryer cord from three prong to four?

You have to go buy a new four prong chord, unscrew the base of the old chord, and switch them out.

what kind of voltage converter do I Need To Run A Clothes Dryer When I Just Have Standard 110 voltage In My Home ?

A step down converter will convert the voltage from 220/230 volts to 110 volts. Converters are labeled to display their capabilities, such as "110V to 220V Converter". Read the instruction manual for your Clothes Dryer and sketch the plug. You'll want to know the voltage of the clothes dryer --- it'll likely be 220 V. You need to visit a major appliance dealer and ask to buy a step down converter after discussing the plug type and voltage found in the owner's manual.

Is it possible to change a 3 prong to 4 prong plug on a dryer?

Answer for USA, Canada and countries running a 60 Hertz supply service.Dryer plug three to fourYes this is possible and for safety's sake highly recommended. Instructions should come with the new cord. Open up the electrical access panel on the back of the dryer. You will see a terminal block with three wires going into it from the plug cord assembly. A red and black and white are now connected to the terminal strip. Look at the position and colours of the existing 3 prong cord and how it is connected. Make a diagram. Coloured wires on the outside terminals white in the center. From the center wire terminal you will see a jumper strap that goes to the frame of the dryer. When installing the four prong plug this jumper is removed completely. The kit should have with it a grounding lug that connects to where the removed grounding strip attached to the frame of the dryer. This is the attachment point for the fourth green ground wire from the new dryer cord assembly.I'm not sure what your question is.Is your dryer receptacle 3 hole and the dryer plug is 4?or is your dryer receptacle 4 hole and the dryer plug 3?Either way, replace the dryer cord to match the dryer outlet (presuming the dryer outlet is correct).

How do you dry a lilly?

Plug a blow dryer in and dry it.

Can you plug a four prong dryer into a three prong outlet?