Home » Electrical Wiring Directory » Dryer Plug Questions
FAQs » Related » Resources » Reply » Ask a Question
« What does it cost to have an Electric Dryer Circuit Installed? »


Question – Why There are Different Types of Dryer Plugs

The new electrical code calls for a 4-wire plug for dryers.


When talking about electrical wires and outlets for dryers, are there 2-prongs and a ground prong, and are there 3-and 4-prongs with a ground? Why did we get a choice of plug type at Sears?

Sears has no idea what plug configuration you have at your home, so they would needed to ask.
Fact is that the new electrical code calls for a 4-wire plug which has 2-Hots, 1-Neutral and 1-Ground wire – this code is for new homes and remodeled projects.
The 3-wire plug has 2-Hots and 1-Ground wires – this configuration bonds the Neutral and Ground wires together inside the dryer at the cord connection area.
Both configurations work fine, it’s just that they need to accommodate your particular plug style at your home.


« Question – Halogen Bulbs Question – Shocked with the Circuit Breakers Off? »


Learn How to Wire it Right with my
Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring
Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Includes:
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electrical Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
Troubleshooting and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
Electrical Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.

» Click here to learn more about Home Electrical Wiring «
  repair electrical wiring  


Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all projects.


Enter a Question or Topic and this Search will Locate Answers for You