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Old 01-05-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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Evening all,

Disclaimer: I wish I was handy, but I am dumb.

Background: The wife and I got a helluva deal on a brand new electric dryer (dent in side and it is red colored so price was reduced quite a bit). I assumed that my dryer at home was electric...I of course was wrong (gas). Anyway, I did notice a faceplate on the wall at home behind the dryer. I removed said plate and upon examination I found a "box" with wires in it. I am just guessing that those are there to allow for a 220V. The deal is way too good to pass up, so we are going with electric.

Issue: Can I "hook-up" a 220v outlet for the dryer myself if the wires are already in place? I think I capable of handling that. What issues do I need to look for? Also, this is a really dumb question, but where would I turn that outlet "on"? I looked at my CB box and didn't see anything that indicated a 220V for the laundry room. There is a "laundry room" CB obviously for the other stuff.

Finally, when all is said and done, what do I do with the gas line?

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Old 01-05-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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For as simple as this all sounds to you, I really think you need to call in a pro.

Are you able to determine what wires are in that box you found?
Are you comfortable working in the main panel where the lines coming in cannot be turned off?
Do you have a decent tester to check for the proper voltage?
Do you have ANY experience working with electrical?
On top of this you have to deal with a gas line that needs to be capped off.

Sure it seems simple, but even the simplest things can get you very hurt or even dead.

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Well sounds like the savings you got on the new electric drier may be spent for the electrician to come in and hook it up. As far as the gas when you disconnect the gas drier flex line, turn the valve off, disconnect flex line, apply gas rated pipe dope to threads and then screw and tighten a cap on the end of the line.

If you are capable then----- do you have a tester to ensure circuit is off?

The electrical connections, you will need a drier cable with plug, connected appropriately to the drier, and then wire and mount the matching plug to the circuit box. That is if the box is indeed 220V.
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See if you have a 30a double pole breaker in the main panel
As a side note depending upon your local electric rates that deal you got on the dryer may cost you a lot more over the next few years

Gas line should (may) have a shut off on it
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That is if the box is indeed 220V.
More accurately "10/3 w/ground" cable.
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Good point Speedy
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Thanks for the input so far fellas...I do appreciate it. Like I said I am dumb, so that is why I am here. I was afraid you guys would say there is more to it! I was hoping I could do it on my own. Just out of curiosity, why else would that box be behind the dryer? There is a "normal" outlet a few feet away behind the washer...would the builders have put that box in case an electric dryer was put in? Do you think the electric dryer is worth it? I can still return it. Using a comparison tool online, the diff btwn gas v. Elec is about $60 per year favoring gas. But it is hard to pass up a $1500 dryer that I got for $500. Thanks again for the advice guys.



Gas line does have a shut-off.
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Thor,

Don't be discouraged with the seemingly discouraging remarks; they are meant only to ensure your safety and that of your loved ones.

Please answer the questions, and the pros will gladly help you if they think you can do it.
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#10 gauge wire is much thicker then 12g wire - normal outlet
Used to be you could use 10-2, now an installation requires 10-3
So are there 3 wires with ground or 2 wires with ground ?
It may have been disconnected in the breaker panel & the breaker removed
So now you may need to open the panel & check for the disconnected wire
In some cases people cut these back so they no longer enter the panel
The panel is live all the time unless you have a shut off in advance of the panel
So it is dangerous to work in the panel, even with the main breaker shut off that is in the panel
Thus the tendency towards caution

My run is in the basement & easily traced
$60 a year favoring gas....you saved $1000....but did you need a $1500 dryer ?
My electric dryer brand new was less then $400, fairly decent model

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Take a high-resolution photo of your outlet box, and post it here.

Also take a photo of your panel box with the cover on, and another one with the cover removed.

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