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My dryer plug is 4 and the electrical plug in the wall is 3

I move and took my dryer and come to find out the house I move into the electrical plugs in the wall is 3 and my dryer is a 4 plugs can I purchaces and adapter

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There is no "adapter" per se, you MAY be able to swap to a 3-wire cord, however that may be against local code. The only other option in that case would be to have a qualified electrician install the newer 4-wire outlet. You need to find out what you local codes are with regard to this issue. If you do change to a 3-wire cord to macth that outlet, it is critical that it be installed correctly.

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