How to Install an Electric Dryer


It's easier than it looks to put in a new dryer. Follow these steps to get warm, dry clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Brooms
  • Clothes Dryers
  • Hose Clamps
  • Dryer Hoses
  • Screwdriver Sets
  • Make sure that your outlet and dryer requirements are the same before you purchase your dryer, if possible. Most dryers are 220 volts, but some smaller, older ones still use 110 volts.

  • Check to make sure the vent hole on the dryer is compatible with the vent hole in your home. If they are not compatible, you will either have to make a new hole or get a different dryer.

  • Turn off the breaker or breakers feeding the dryer outlet. A 110-volt outlet will have one breaker; a 220-volt outlet will have two.

  • Be sure that the floor is clean and dry.

  • Fasten the vent hose to the duct leading outside with a hose clamp, a circular metal ring that resembles a tie wrap with a bolt on top.

  • Plug the dryer in and move it into place, hooking up the vent hose when you can reach it. Use a hose clamp to fasten the hose to the dryer's exhaust port.

  • Push the dryer the rest of the way into the space, being careful not to crimp the hose.

  • Turn the breaker or breakers back on.

  • Dry!

Tips & Warnings

  • Call a licensed electrician to change the outlet if it's the wrong voltage; a new breaker will have to be installed.
  • Use a smooth, flexible metal duct, not a corrugated plastic/vinyl vent hose. It will last much longer and is less likely to kink.
  • Leave a couple inches of space on both sides of the unit to allow for circulation.
  • Keep the vent hose as short as possible to reduce drying time.
  • Put your owner's manual in a plastic bag and tape it to the side of the dryer.
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