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Old 10-13-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
 
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I am living in France and would like to use my US clothes dryer. Is it as simple as putting a standard European 220 volt plug on? I have asked a couple French electricians and they say they don,t know. Dan

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US runs on 60 hertz, you may only have 50 hertz available. Check with the manufacturer.
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Also the US dryer is 120/240v, NOT straight 240v or 220v.

The 230v in France WILL NOT work.
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Also the US dryer is 120/240v, NOT straight 240v or 220v.

The 230v in France WILL NOT work.
Exactly!

If you hook your US dryer with 120v loads in it to European straight 230v the 120v loads will either not work or will smoke depending on the orientation of the phase conductor and grounded conductor.

Not to mention the whole 50hz, 60hz thing.
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I live in France and tell ya the truth the american dryer will not work with European system.,

Just trust me on this one I dealt with this all the time two fold one is the motor 90% of americian dryers have 120 volt motor { to keep the manufacter cost down to use common one for both electric and gaz dryers }

The heating element don't care which way it hook up but as I mention above the key issue is the motor and timer

Second thing is that The Europeans do have 50 HZ system and the motors will run slower than americaian system.

And we do have 240 volts line to netural if line to line it will be 415 volts and if you ever hook up line to line format you will destory the dryer in matter of seconds { been see that allready }

It will be cheaper just get European verison it allready set for it and easier on the system so you don't have to worry what else go wrong.

Merci,Marc
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Thanks everyone for the sound advise. I guess it is time to go shopping.
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