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Old 11-17-2009, 08:09 PM   #1
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size of wire for a dryer


Should wire be 10 guage , fused at 30 amps, or should it be 8 guage wire.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #2
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Should dryer wire be 8 or 10,guage wire ?
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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How far is the wire run ?
Usually 10-3 is all you need w/30a breaker
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:24 PM   #4
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As everybody has said 10-3 on 30 amp breaker
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10 ga. copper,
less than 5% voltage drop at 25A,
you could put the dryer up to 120' from the panel.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:00 PM   #6
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10/3 with ground. 4 wires total. Black, red, white, and a bare ground. 30 amp two pole breaker.

4 wire receptacle. NEMA # 14-30. The white goes on the L shaped terminal, ground goes on the round terminal, black and red go on the straight terminals. It doesn't matter which one is black and which is red.

If the dryer has a 3 wire cord, remove it and get a 4 wire one. It'll have the L shaped prong that matches the receptacle.

On the terminal board in the back of the dryer, black goes on the left, white goes on the center, red on the right, and green goes under a screw on the frame. If there's a jumper from the frame to the center terminal, remove it.

This is the safest possible way to hook up dryer.

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Also it is a good idea to look at the installation manual for appliances. In some cases appliances can be different amperages and call for different amperage breakers depending on the model. I don't think this is the case with dryers, but good to double check anyway.
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Another vote for 30A 10 gauge, that's all I've ever seen for a dryer.
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