hooking up an electric dryer


Old 07-25-04, 10:23 AM
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hooking up an electric dryer

I have a gas dryer that recently broke. I do have an electric dryer in good condition. Can I hook up the vent used by the gas dryer, plug it in and start drying clothes? Please let me know if this is safe. Thanks.
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Old 07-25-04, 10:44 AM
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The gas dryer plugs into a 120-volt 20-amp circuit. The electric dryer needs a 120/240-volt 30-amp circuit. So the answer is no. You need a new circuit run from the panel to the laundry room. Might be cheaper to sell the electric dryer and buy another gas dryer, or get the gas dryer fixed.
Old 07-25-04, 07:28 PM
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You didn't clarify, and John didn't ask, but if there is already an appropriate receptical in place, and your concern is the venting, you'd be okay. I bring this up because when I moved my wife out of her former "nearly new" home, there were unused 220 V electrical recepticals behind both the gas range & gas dryer. I guess the builder wanted to cover all possibilities. Otherwise, I defer to John's advice.

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