220 dryer on 100 amp service

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Old 11-01-10, 04:05 AM
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220 dryer on 100 amp service

I just bought a house. It has 100 amp service, with a 220 dryer wired in with a 30 amp, double pole circuit breaker. Is this done correctly? Is there a better, more efficient way of doing this? Dang meter looks like it's gonna fly away!
 
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I don't understand your concern. If you want a more effecient way of drying clothes, then you need to get a clothes line. Almost all dryers are double pole 30 amps.
 
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Ok, thanks, I was just wondering if there was any way to do it differently, so it wouldn't use as much energy, and I was just wondering if it was done correctly, don't want a fire! Thank you!
 
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It's correct

This is standard

How do you see this being done differently? I don't understand
 
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In many parts of the country gas is cheaper then electric for heating purposes. Sometimes gas costs 2-3 times more.
 
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I'm the one that doesn't understand. I was just askin. Might have been a dumb question, but I was just asking if there was something that could be done differently, to achieve better efficiency. Thank you for your time and replies!
 
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Old 11-01-10, 08:32 AM
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If you really want to see your meter spin, get yourself a electric tankless hot water heater!

Hopefully I didn't appear to be jacka__ with my first post, that was not my intention. :-)
 
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Correction to my post: That should have been gas is 2-3 times cheaper in some areas.
 
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Old 11-01-10, 12:08 PM
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I use rainwater for washing clothes and a clothesline for drying them. That takes some skill and judgment since when there's plenty of rain there's little sun for drying and when there's plenty of sun there's little rain for washing!

My solution has been adding more barrels for storing water. You can bank water but not sunshine and dry weather!
 
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I just bought a house. It has 100 amp service, with a 220 dryer wired in with a 30 amp, double pole circuit breaker. Is this done correctly? Is there a better, more efficient way of doing this? Dang meter looks like it's gonna fly away!
Your circuit sounds like it is done in the standard way. If you're interesting in saving money consider a gas dryer as Ray suggested. In many areas gas is significantly cheaper than electric for drying. Another option would be to consider a modern front loading washer with high speed extraction. These spin out the cloths much faster than a typical washer leaving less water for the dryer to have to evaporate off so you have a shorter dry time thus using less energy.
 
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Thanks to everyone for their replies, you guys gave me piece of mind knowing things are done correctly, and gave me food for thought! Thanks!
 
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