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The prong on the electricle from the dryer is shaped differently then the wall outlet

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You need to get a matching dryer receptacle rated fro 220V and 30 Amps (in the US).
Make sure you have the power off before attempting to replace the old dryer receptacle.

I have seen many dryers connected to oven receptacles in the past. While incorrect this is not dangerous because the oven receptacles are usually 50-60 amp.

Paying a local licensed electrician $50/hr is a fair & safe way to make sure your dryer receptacle is installed correctly.

Posted on May 15, 2009


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