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#1 DocSeuss

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 05:37 PM

I moved into a new apartment this week and the plug on my dryer is 3 pronged with 1 connector being L-shaped.  The receptical in the wall does not have this L-shape hole.  Was told by someone whom I consider fairly knowlegable about these things that a mistake was made and the recepticle that was installed was meant for a range(stove). Called the apartment management and was told that the receptical was correct I would have to upgrade my pigtail. Went to a couple of stores(Wal-Mart, Lowes) and all dryer pigtails in stock do indeed have the L-shape connector. My research on the internet did not turn up any dryer connectors that do not have this L-shape connector. I'm pretty sure that my management is mistaken and the recepticle is wrong. I would just like to know if any experts out there have ever seen a dryer plug that did NOT have an L-shape connector?

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Mike


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Posted 07 July 2005 - 05:53 PM

No. The dryer plug has the L shape common and the electric range plug is straight instead of an L.  The dryer being 30 amps and the range being 50 amps.  If the outlet in the wall has 2 angles and one straight up and down that is for an electric range.  This needs to be 2 angles and an L , the apartment needs to install the correct outlet for your dryer.  Print this out and show them. If they refuse to do so,  you will need to install a range cord on your dryer that has the 2 angles and the straight.  

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 06:00 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. I don't know if it would be wise to sub something that is rated at 30amps for something that is rated for 50 so they will replace the receptical.

Thanks again.

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 06:05 PM

This will depend on what size the breakers are to this outlet.  If they have the 30 amp breakers someone just used the wrong outlet, however if they are 50 amp breakers then the outlet and the breakers have to be changed since you will still be over rated by 20 amps in case something were to happen to the dryer, so be sure they do not just change the outlet without checking the rating on the breakers.
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