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I have a Kenmore Elite HE3 electrical dryer. We have moved to Australia, brought our dryer and the electrician is asking for info on the 3-wire connection power supply. There are three wires connected to the machine, Black, white and Red. The white, he said is the Earth wire, but the manual does not specify what the black or red are. He is asking to find out if one is 110v and one is 240 or if they are both 240 - as that will determine how it gets converted over here. We have to get a new socket installed because of the 32 amp requirements. Thanks!

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Your dryer runs on 240VAC. The white wire is actually a NEUTRAL (no voltage). The RED and BLACK wires should have 110VAC present on EACH one. If your electricain takes voltage readings they should indicate the following:

RED to BLACK = 240VAC
RED to WHITE = 110VAC
BLACK to WHITE = 110VAC

I hope this helps you. Post back if you have any further questions/concerns.

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White, Ground
Red, 240v 50hz AC
Black Ground for 240v

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Red is phase balck is neg

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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    Ginko Mar 26, 2008

    If your appliance is not dual voltage, instead of calling an electrician and eventually replacing parts, you can buy an adapter, like the ones at the bottom of this page. You need to buy an adapter with enough load for your appliance. The small ones will not work.
    Here is an article about voltage converters, that is what you need .

    HERE are voltage converter for australia, this should solve yourproblem .

    Regards

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    Ginko Mar 26, 2008

    And definitively this one will do the job, do not get scared price is in AU dollars, .

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    Ginko Mar 26, 2008

    Electricity in Australia is 240 Volts. The voltage needed change depending on the manufacture of your appliance. If it had been built and bought in UK, red(+) and black(gr., -) wires will be 240V. In the rest of Europe it will be 220V. In USA is 110V, often appliances in USA are dual 110V/240V. Check your appliance manual, or look for specs sticker on your dryer for details on your specific case.
    The best solution in my opinion remains the converter.

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    Ginko Mar 26, 2008

    If you bought the dryer in USA red and black are likely both 110V.
    If your device had dual voltage you would not need the electrician.

    Regards

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