Question about Dryers
If it smells like overheating there is the possibility that you have made an incorrect connection.
This is a 4 wire connection:
This is a 3 wire connection
Your dryer Circuit Breaker in the main power panel or sub panel (either) should only be a 30A breaker. If you have a 40 A in place your not connected per local codes. Should there be a fire as a result of this connection any insurance company would question the circuit.
I know your living in an apartment. The change in Circuit Breakers is something you need to work out with the management.
Your dryer if connected properly will only draw and use up to the maximum amperage on the power label of the dryer. Just because you have 40 Amps connected to it does not mean it will use 40 amps.
It is normal for a new dryer to initially have an odd odor. It will not last that long if it is connected correctly and vented correctly.
You did not provide a model number or I could have provided installation insturctions that would include power connections and venting requirements,
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Posted on May 03, 2010
Hello. I am concerned about your safety and I will tell you why. It sounds like you are using a 50 AMP stove outlet to operate your 30 AMP clothes dryer. HERE is the safety concern: That circuit breaker may not kick to off when you have an overheating situation since it is rated at 50 AMPS and not 30 AMPS. Please call an electrician to get your situation funnctional and safe. The cost will be nothing compared to your peace of mind and your safety, to say nothing about the safety of others. Joe
Posted on May 03, 2010
The cord size,as long as it is large enough is irrelevant.
If it it on a 30 amp breaker,it can only draw 30 amps etc.
The smell may be from old lint in the dryer shifting around and burning off.
Remove the rear exhaust vent and run the dryer to make sure you have good air flow.
Make sure the exhaust vent is not mashed or crimped.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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