Can I use my washer electric hookup for the dryer

asrwcApril 7, 2013

Hi everyone,

Newbie poster here - though I've been reading posts for a while and found this forum very helpful.

Just purchased my first home - there are hookups in the garage for a washer and dryer. I believe the previous owners had a gas dryer b/c there is a gas hookup provided.

There is an electrical outlet closer to the washer slot. How do I know if I can use this for an electric dryer? I know that electric dryers are 240V while the washers are 120V. Is there an easy way for me to figure out whether I can use this outlet for an electric dryer or does an electrician need to look at it?

Thanks in advance for any insight!

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georgect

If the electrical outlet has the typical three holes of any other outlet in your house it's a 120 volt outlet.

An electrical dryer outlet is has a different receptacle setup.
It's usually a dedicated line for the dryer (or electric range) that goes straight to the electrical panel and requires two 120 volt hook ups (from electrical panel to outlet).

    Bookmark   April 7, 2013 at 2:19PM
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