There are few situations more intimidating than finding yourself facing a large appliance or piece of equipment that needs to be installed. Of course, there are directions, but they often contain unfamiliar technical terms that might as well be in another language. Especially when it comes to something as large and unwieldy as a washing machine or dryer, you are often left scratching your head and wondering how in the world everyone else does it. There are plenty of reasons you might find yourself in this situation.
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Most homeowners have run into a problem with trying to hook a 3-prong dryer cord up to a 4-prong outlet, or vice-versa, at one point or another. Whether you move into a new home that has a different outlet or purchase a new dryer with a different power cord, this is an all-too-common scenario. Unfortunately, few people understand the difference between 3-prong and 4-prong dryer cords. Up until the mids, 3-prong outlets were the standard used in American homes. Nearly all homes built before this time featured either a 3-prong outlet or range outlet slightly different than a typical 3-prong dryer outlet.
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Gas clothes dryers and electric clothes dryers have much different electrical needs. A gas dryer produces heat by burning either natural gas or liquid propane LP gas, and it uses volt electrical currently merely to spin the dryer compartment and run the controls. A gas dryer plugs into an ordinary volt electrical outlet, and it has a cord fitted with an ordinary appliance plug. An electric dryer, on the other hand, heats the air with electric heating elements and runs on volt current, which requires a much different outlet receptacle and a special heavy-duty appliance cord with a unique plug.
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