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I got a new Samsung dryer with 2 straight and 1 L shape plug. But the wall outlet is 3 straight plug.  What should I do?
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Posted 2018-05-21T20:26:45+0000  by Helpme111 Helpme111
 

Hey Helpme111,


Thanks for your question and welcome to the community.


From what you've said is existing outlet, is that you have either a 50amp 240VAC one that is the same size as your dryer plug, or a smaller 15amp 120VAC basic outlet. 


In either case, the outlet itself needs to be changed to the proper 3-prong dryer outlet rated at 30amps and 240VAC. Of equal importance is to make sure the wires (10 gauge is required for dryers) that are behind the wall as well as the breaker that is feeding the outlet is on a dedicated line (no other devices are being used on it like other outlets). 


Also make sure the breaker is rated at 30 amps and double pole. Once this is done and you safely change out the outlet to a 30amp rated one, then you can safely have your new dryer operating. 


Keep us posted on your progress, and let us know if you have any further questions. 

Posted 2018-05-22T01:16:19+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
Thanks.  The breaker currently has a double pole with 30amps each.   Just curious, instead of replacing the outlet, is there a plug converter available to connect my dryer's cable to the 3 straight plug on the wall outlet.
Posted 2018-05-22T19:23:27+0000  by Helpme111

There is no plug converter as you say that would safely make it into the outlet you need. 


If the round outlet in the wall is the same diameter of your existing dryer plug, all you have to do is replace the outlet to rated 30 amp 3 prong. 


It's really not all that difficult to do, as long as the power is completely turned off at the breaker. This is the only solution to guarantee yourself a safe and best outlet replacement. Whoever installed the outlet didn't know that they were supposed to put a 30 amp outlet instead of a 50, so this happens quite frequently. 


As long as you have a double pole 30 amp breaker and 10 gauge wire feeding the outlet, then you should no worries with your new outlet once it is installed. 


Joseph

Posted 2018-05-23T14:50:54+0000  by Joseph_HD_ATL
Greatly appreciated.
Posted 2018-05-23T17:12:59+0000  by Helpme111
 
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