hooking up an electric dryer

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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.
 
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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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