Electric Dryer: What type of power plug is this?


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Old 03-01-07, 10:30 PM
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Electric Dryer: What type of power plug is this?

I was given an electric dryer from a friend - an Amana LE8207W3. I did not know until I had already received it that it required a non-standard power outlet (although I should have known, because electric dryers are power-hungry). I do have a special 250v 50-amp outlet, and this dryer says lists 120/240v and 24 amps, but the plug does not fit the outlet. I'd really like to be able to use the dryer, and I thought maybe I would be able to get a converter that would make it work with my outlet. Here are some pictures:

Dryer specifications sticker: http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s300/countryorchard/dryer_model_info.jpg

Plug: http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s300/countryorchard/dryer_plug.jpg

Outlet: http://i155.photobucket.com/albums/s300/countryorchard/outlet.jpg

Does anyone know the names of the outlet and/or plug types, and if I might be able to get something to make this work?
 
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Old 03-02-07, 04:45 AM
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That is strange...... I won't be much help but the cord on the dryer is a standard 3-prong dryer cord. I have never seen that type of outlet in your house before. You might want to have a new outlet installed that will work with the cord on the dryer. Adding extensions or adapters would not be recommended.

Hope this helps..........
 
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Old 03-03-07, 11:27 PM
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OK... I've found some more info:

The outlet appears to be NEMA 6-50:
Info: <http://www.stayonline.com/detail.aspx?ID=4740>.
Image: <http://www.stayonline.com/images/nema_iec/nema_6-50p.gif>

The dryer plug is NEMA 10-30 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEMA_connectors#NEMA_10>, which is obsolete (generally replaced with NEMA 14-30) because it grounds through the neutral line. It supplies both 125v and 250v.

Anyway, Doug, you're likely right: I shouldn't try to do some kind of conversion - I need to get an outlet installed. Problem is, I probably can't get a NEMA 10-30 outlet installed (given what I mentioned above), and would have to have a 14-30 installed instead and have the dryer re-wired for that. Sounds like I'd be paying quite a bit of money... *sigh* Thanks for your help anyway!
 
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Old 03-04-07, 09:35 AM
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All homes built after about 2000 required the new style plug which has a seperate gound and has 4 prongs. If you get a new style outlet installed, purchasing and installing a new style cord for your dryer is not very expensive and easy to install.
 
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Old 03-20-07, 12:02 PM
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Why can't we post pictures on the boards?
 
 

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