Electric dryer outlet converter


Hi. i recently moved, and the dryer hookup in the basement of the new place is a "regular" outlet. My dryer has the three heavy gauge copper wires and a three pronged plug with large and skewed prongs (By now it's really clear that i have no clue about these things!). The landlord refuses to install the same sort of outlet that this plug requires & i can't afford to buy a new dryer. Is there a transformer or converter that i could use to make this work? i don't use the dryer very often, but with three children it's a necessity. Thank you in advance for your help-
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

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Does the landlord's outlet look like the one on the left? If so, there is NO converter to adapt your dryer.
The landlord's space may have had provision for a gas dryer, not the heavy load required by your electric dryer.
Jim
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

The "regular" outlet is 120 volt, 20 amp (or maybe 15 amp). The dryer plug is 240 volt, 30 amp. You need larger wire for 30 amps - you can't convert. Is the electrical panel nearby? Is gas available for a dryer? Trade your dryer for a used gas dryer?
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On Apr 19, 9:32 am, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

not legally it cant be converted will your cord reach the panel? if so you could buy a tombstone style recpt.a 3/4 inchby say 2 inch long threaded nipple, a 240v 30 a breaker of the brand panel , and 4 feet 10-3 romex.providing the breaker panel isnt recessed back into the drywall. probabaly less than $50 for material. and should take only a few minutes for an electrician to hook up. the further away of course the more wire,materials and labor become involved. and a panel in a finished room .... well lets say id be looking to make the switch to gas.
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If you have a 4-prong 240 volt outlet but a 3-prong 240 volt cord on your dryer, then you can put a 4-prong cord onto your dryer and it will work with the existing outlet.
If you have a 120 volt outlet (such as what your washing machine would plug into), then you can't exacly change the outlet for use by your 240 volt dryer; an electician would need to run a new line from the breaker and build a complete new circuit and outlet for your dryer. However, off the record, you can adapt a 240 volt dryer with a 120 volt power cord to plug into a 120 volt outlet, if you know how to hook up the new cord to your dryer correctly. But just so you know, your dryer will dry your clothes reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly slow.
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