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Kenmore electric dryer - plug too big for outlet

We purchased a used Model #11060612100 and the plug is extremely large 4 prong...we have 120 V small outlet. Is there a way to change the cord on dryer for our use - or do we need to change the outlet? We are renting and can not afford to spend big bucks (hence why we bought used).

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!

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You need a 240 outlet box installed the only dryers that run on 120 are gas dryers you purchased an electric dryer and it needs 240 volts. you need to talk to your landlord and ask him or her to have a 240 outlet installed for you

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