Range outlet for Dryer??
My husband and I recently moved into an older rental home and the "dryer" outlet is really for a range. It is the old 3-prong style and the 3rd prong is straight, not the "L" shape of the dryer plugs. This is what has always been used as the dryer outlet, apparently with no problems.
I looked into this and am getting conflicting info from the web. I know NOTHING about electricity. From what I gather, it MAY be okay if we hook a range cord up to the dryer, but only if the fuse is rated for 30 amps and not 50. If it is rated for 50, then more damage/possibility of fire etc. could happen if something happens. Is this correct?
I know technically the outlet should be changed to a 4-prong. Even if we do have this done, will the wire going to the outlet need changed? I don't like the setup we have....the wire is just coming up from the floor and the outlet is "loose", not mounted on the wall. I was reading about #10 wire and grounding etc and my mind is tired!
Our landlord's cousin, who is our "go-to" person, has electrical experience, but I don't know how long ago or how much.....does anyone here know the "proper" way of doing this? Want to know what I'm talking about before I go to them. I am afraid of electrical fires/issues and don't want anything done incorrectly, and am not sure if he has done any work since the newer codes came into place etc.
Thanks SO much for any help!