You'd need a whole new circuit and your power box probably could not
handle it. You would need to hire an electrician and in a mobile home it
might not be possible at all.
Sell your electric drier and buy a gas one. Possibly a used appliance
store could work out some kind of a trade.
On Monday, March 10, 2014 9:12:55 PM UTC-4, NotMe wrote:
Very possible that it would be more feasible to buy a gas dryer.
But it depends on if it's nat gas, propane, cost of the fuels, etc
You can't just convert a 120V outlet to 240V. It not only needs to
be 240V, it also needs wiring that will support the much higher
amps for the electric dryer. How much that cost depends on where
the circuit panel is relative to dryer, if the panel can support
the additional amps, if there is space for another breaker, etc.
Best case is the service supports it, the panel has an available
slot, and it's located near the dryer. Then it might only be
a couple hundred bucks to get an electrician. Worst case, it could
easily be 5X that.
On Monday, March 10, 2014 9:49:45 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
You need both 110 and 220 to run an electric dryer, 110 for the motor to tu
rn the drum and 220 for the heating coils. Just having a 2-prong 220 volt w
on't do the job, you need a 3-prong outlet to send the proper voltage where
You could, in theory, convert a 110 volt outlet to 220 volts by moving the
white ground wire from the ground buss in the box to the other hot line, gi
ving you 220 volts, but then you run into all the other objections with amp
s, watts, wire gauge, etc. Not a good idea, because if someone unknowingly
plugs the vacuum cleaner into this converted outlet, it will probably burn
out. Or up.
On Monday, March 10, 2014 5:44:01 PM UTC-5, lorie wrote:
A transformer should be able to do it, if your electric supply can stand twice the current at 110v that the dryer requires at 220v. I don't expect that it can it a mobile home, though. See your local electrician for details.
Work out the numbersto see the folly in trying to supply power to your
most 110 outlets are 15A, some now at 20 A, total power = 1725W to 2300W
The 'equivalent current for THAT supply at 220 is 7.5A to 10A
Now does your dryer run on 10A, well, yes, run, but NOT dry.
Work the other way
220 at 30A means 60A at 110V, hmmmm 60A guess you could use welder's
About the transformer, you'd be surprised how 'light' the transformer can
be using a 110 to 110 it only needs to be rated at 110V and what you're
supplying at 220, or in this case 4kVA. Why? draw it out, you'll see.
The completely insane idea of thinking one could run a drier from a 115-
230 transformer reminds me of a construction project I saw in a 1948(?)
Build your own electric clothes drier....out of plywood!
The problem is that you all never read enough Popular Mechanics.
What the OP should do is get a plug-in transformer, meant for a toy or
radio or something, AC output, and get a 6 to 220 volt transformer.
That way it will use less current, because those little transformers
only use an amp or two. All of you have been brainwashed by the
electxric company, which claims you need 60 amps for a dryer. One amp
Be sure you get the right hertz. In USA, we are
needing 60 hertz transformers, in Canada, the
transformers are 50 hertz. Older transfomers in
the USA are 60 cycles per second, which works
OK now, also.
Be interesting to see if anyone notices what's
wrong with the above paragraph. Just nerds and
techies, I'd think.
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