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Install 220 outlet for electric dryer or trade it for gas dryer?

Just moved, new house (rental) uses gas but I have a Kenmore electric dryer.  Should I install/have installed the 4-prong assembly my dryer needs or trade the dryer on craigs list for a gas dryer?

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  • jersey pam Sep 13, 2008

    The landlord's cool with whatever I want to do.  Electricians are giving me the 'oh, around $250' response which usually means $400 once they are in the house.  My local Home Depot csr has showed me how to do it and it really doesn't seem that hard!  Parts would run less than $50.  I agree with you that I could be giving up my great dryer for something that will break in two minutes AND I'm risking putting in time and effort trying to DIY only to have it blow out the lights in the house!  And then there's the question of how to hook up the gas dryer...still need a service tech, no?


  • jersey pam Sep 18, 2008

    So... I hired the electrician to install the 4-prong plug for the electric dryer I already had.  $125.  I learned something interesting along the way that I'd like to share...  Once the whole installation was done, he found that he had brought the wrong outlet...the prongs didn't match up.  He went to the supply house and came back with a new cable for the dryer, which took two seconds to install!  That this was possible was very interesting to me b/c I didn't use this dryer in the last house b/c the outlet was 3-prong!  I could have just changed the cable on the dryer...for about $20.  


  • Anonymous Oct 28, 2008

    Pam, i'm having the same issue with my apartment can you tell me what electrian you used. Thank you

  • sheilabob10 Jan 02, 2009

    need to install 240v onto 220v cord but dryer already has ground wire and i need to get it off how, switching from 3 prong to 4

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    Yup. Only a licensed gas service company is authorized to actually make the physical connection to the dryer and tank and make sure it is not leaking. The reason being is that if you do not tighten the gas connection correctly, do not leak test and/or misadjust the regulator, you may have potential problems.



    Installing an outlet and running the correct wire to the service panel is not that difficult. It's not rocket science, after all. You need to ensure, however, that you use the proper gauge wire to handle the load requirments, and that you have sufficient service from the panel that can accomodate a 30-35 amp breaker. You can save money by installing the outlet and running the wire to the panel. But, a licensed electrician is the only one authorized to make the physical connection the service panel. You may question an electrician to see if they could cut some of the costs if you performed some of the install yourself. Just a thought...:o)

  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell May 11, 2010

    If you are renting the place, you may want to run this by the landlord, first, before you start installing or modifying anything (if you haven't done so already). Installing a 220 service may be more cost effective, however. But...if you are not licensed in this field, it is a requirement for a certified electrician to install the service. An electric dryer requires its own dedicated breaker. Which means, you will have to run a separate line all the way back to the service panel and install a breaker of sufficient rating (usually 30-35 amps). I would recommend getting estimates for how much this would cost you, then compare it to how much it would cost to purchase a used dryer as you mentioned. Buyer beware, though, when it comes to buying anything used. Especially if you don't know the history of the appliance.

  • et n Aug 22, 2013

    here's a general price sheet, i'm an a electrician this is the average cost.

  • et n Aug 22, 2013

    here's a general cost chart, i'm an a electrician.

  • et n Aug 22, 2013

    Add a Comment1. Initial Service / Work Set Up / Travel $ 75.00 2. Switches - (single pole, standard toggle) Each Switch Added $ 75.00 3. Switches - (3-way or 4-way, standard toggle) Each $ 85.00 4. Switches Converted - from "single operation" to "3-way system" Each $ 105.00 5. Switches Replaced - replacement of an existing switch (3-way or decora add $5) Each $22.00 6. Switch Bank Expansion - (existing switch or switches converted to multi-gang) $55.00 ea. 7. Receptacles, standard Each $ 75.00 8. Receptacles, G.F.I.- (exterior receptacles add $25.00) Each $ 95.00 9. Receptacles, Quad - with standard devices Each $ 100.00 10. Receptacles DEDICATED CIRCUIT - 20 amp (with standard devices) Each $ 110.00 11. Receptacles Replaced - replacement of an existing standard receptacle Each $22.00 12. Receptacles Replaced - replacement of an existing receptacle to a G.F.I. receptacle Each $48.00 13. Special Cuts Made - for switches/receptacles in cabinet, paneling, tile, etc. (approx.) Each $65.00 14. Switch & Receptacle Wall Plates - (single gang, maxi, medal, ivory, or white) Each $4.50 15. RELOCATIONS relocation of a switch, light, telephone, cable outlet, etc. (approx.) Each $ 85.00 16. REQUIRED WIRING SPLICES accessible junction box(15 or 20 amp) Each $ 75.00 17. Lighting Fixture Outlet - (rough-in only & with wiring access) Each $ 75.00 18. Lighting Fixture Installation - (surface type no assembly required) Each $ 60.00 19. Lighting Fixture Installation - (with .5 hrs of assembly required) Each $ 70.00 20. Power Supply Circuits, Appliance Circuits - ( 15A & 20A ) Each $ 105.00 21. Appliances - connections only each $30.00 22. Power Supply Circuits, Heavy Circuits -( 30A & 50A ) Each $210.00 23. Ceiling Fan Installation - assembled and installed to an existing outlet Each $ 90.00 24. Ceiling Fan Installation - with existing outlet box replaced for proper support, Each $135.00 25. Ceiling Fan Installation - assembled and installed with new wiring and box outlet, Each $205.00 26. Ceiling Fan Accessories -extension rod, light fixture, wall control, etc. Additional $ 26.00 27. Recessed Fixtures - (standard size, open ceiling, trim and lamp not included) Each $128.00 28. Recessed Fixtures - (non-standard size - open ceiling, trim and lamp not included) Each $155.00 29. Under Cabinet Fixtures -(slimline fluorescents 12", 18" or 24") Each $128.00 30. 4FT Fluorescent Fixtures - (with Wrap-Around covers) $135.00 31. 2X4 Fluorescent Fixture -includes fixture, lamps & wiring (2x2 add $20.00) Each $ 108.00 32. 2X4 Fluorescent Fixture -parabolic with electronic ballast (2x2 add $25.00) Each $160.00 33. 2X4 Fluorescent Fixture - relocated & reconnected to the same circuit Each $50.00 34. Exit Sign - L.E.D. with battery back up (with wiring access) Each $158.00 35. Emergency Lighting Unit - 12 volt, wattage power for up to 5 remote heads Each $185.00 36. Emergency Lighting Remote Heads - powered from emergency lighting unit Each $ 85.00 37. Restroom Vent Fan - 80 CFM (ductwork not included) Each $145.00 38. Telephone Outlet - Cat-5 (no Jack Included) Each $ 85.00 39. Cable Outlet (No Splitters or Jacks Included) Each $ 105.00 40. Circuit Breakers - added to existing panel, interchangeable type. Each $ 28.00 41. Circuit Breakers - Arc Fault added to existing panel. Each $ 108.00 42. Power Pole - includes pole, 1-120 volt circuit and installation Each $220.00 43. Electrical Demolition - includes all work in dealing with the existing wiring Per Hour $75.00 44. SUB- 12 circuit panel with 60amp sub-feeder Each $680.00 45. New Service Upgrade SEE OUR WEB PAGE 46. Special Electrical Installations not listed above PER HOUR (see Special Notes below) $75.00 47. Permit & Inspection Fees approx. (License Fee Not Included) $175.00 48. Smoke Detectors - 120V. interconnected with battery back-up Each $205.00 49. Electrical Trouble-Shooting, Circuit Diagnostics - $85.00 per hour.

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I have gas dryer need trade for electric one.

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Thanks for all the input!  We reached a compromise in hiring an electrician who was willing to come out today and install the connection for half what everyone else quoted...on a Sunday!  The laundry piling up in the corner was very persuasive in convincing us that your advice (in the end, we'd need a professional no matter which way we went) was prudent.  Thanks. jersey p

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SOURCE: Kenmore series electric dryer need to replace 3 prong w/4 prong

The following link explains how to convert a 3-prong appliance cord to a 4-prong and vice-versa:

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If you still have questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

SOURCE: need to install a 4-wire/ prong dryer cord strain relief assbly

The green wire attaches to the dryer cabinet. There should be a green screw in the cabinet for attaching the wire. If not, you can always drill a hole for a ground screw.

The loose green wire you see is the reason the code was changed to a 4-wire cord.

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