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How to wire US dryer to UK supply - Whirlpool WED8300SWD

We brought our 220/240v dryer from the US with us to the UK. Whirlpool WED8300SWD

I want to know how to wire the 60hz twin supply appliance to the 50hz UK three wire supply safely as I know the US supply is +120 / -120 to ger 240v instead of straight 240 here.

We had UK purchased similar appliances here before so it must be possible!!??


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  • kevjus07 Jul 08, 2008

    Thanks for info so far.

    The 3 wire connection as shown will not work as there are 2 hot wires for the US connection either side of the neutral; we only have 1 hot wire in UK, a neutral and a ground.

    The appliance is rated OK for 240v but perhaps the motor has to be wired/connected some different way?

  • kevjus07 Jul 08, 2008

    Looking at the appliance (as in diagrams you linked to) the middle wire is white (neutral) the two outer wires are live/hot. In UK I can wire the neutral OK but I only have one live wire.

    I imagine I have to get the back off the dryer and the motor will be wired differently for UK 240v?

  • kevjus07 Jul 09, 2008

    Thanks for these links; will let you know the outcome!

  • kevjus07 Jul 10, 2008

    Wiring diagram


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THIS document has a lot of info about the wiring for the unit you have. starting at page 6

I am, however confused about the voltage requirements as reference to 12/240VAC with a note to check the "rating" plate

If your unit is marked as 240VAC then it should be a simple task for an electrician to wire up the power. The instructions/details are in the manual (link provided) to connect it up as a standard 3 wire system used in the UK

The issue you have is that the motor may not like running on 50hz and may run HOT. It will also run slower on the lower frequency.

The specs on the website are as follows:-

Electrical Requirements

It may be worth getting all details off the rating plate and posting back here...

My suggestion is that you consult a qualified electrician before attempting to connect the unit to the power

Better safe than sorry.

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  • Dave Jul 08, 2008

    What colur are the wires?

    The manual does not mention 2 active wires (that would imply 2 phase which is rare), the 4-wire setup in the manual has the extra Neutral ground wire (protective ground).

    The US wiring has the BLACK as Acive (although it sometimes is RED or BLUE) and the WHITE is Neutral. Do you have 2 white wires?

  • Dave Jul 09, 2008

    Well I'm stumped!

    Found THIS

    Is it possible that you'll need to wire the 240VAC across the 2 "HOT" wires? leave the centre terminal vacant and earth the chassis?

    THIS may also be worth a read too

    The only option is to take a closer look at the way its wired up internally? A full cct diagram would be handy about now ...

    I am intrigued now so you will have to post back the outcome.

  • Dave Jul 09, 2008

    These maye be of some interest too




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