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Question DetailsAsked on 3/22/2017

how much would it cost to install new cord on dryer

I moved to an apartment that has a different plug then what is on my dryer. I need someone to install a new dryer cord.

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Sorry - not so simple. The cords for 220/230/240V appliances have a unique plug configuration for each amperage (power) range - 30 amp cord is different shaped/oriented prongs than 40 than 50 etc, and both the outlet AND the breaker should be matched to the power demand from the machine. Too small a breaker or wiring and it is an overheating/fire hazard and the breaker may trip out frequently - which is dangerous and will cause the breaker to fail quickly, so in that case new outlet, wiring, and breaker would be called for. Too large a wiring is OK and no hazard with a lower load, but too large a breaker is unsafe - machine can cause a fire hazard if it shorts out or overloads/overheats and the breaker fails to trip because its amperage rating is too high, so in that case new outlet and new breakers would be called for.

So, assuming this is the original cord (so it matches the amperage rating of the dryer, rather than one that has been dangerously and illegally swapped out in the past), rather than changing the cord you need to upgrade or change out (depending on the issue) the outlet - which depending on existing wiring, may or may not mean running new larger wiring to it and putting a pair of new breakers in the breaker panel for it.

Some few Appliance Repair - Large companies do that work if only an ouytlet swapout is needed, but generally you are going to need an Electrical (your Search the List category) cany new wiring run and especially on whether running new wiring is simple (exposed floor joists in basement or crawlspace) or has to be run through finished floors/walls, which will mean some drywall/paint repair afterwards. I would be surprised if it runs less than about $250-350, and if the wiring needs to be upgraded to a larger size commonly more in the mid-hundreds or plus range - plus drywall/paint repair of commonly several hundred $.

So - might sound like a no-win situation, but a look at what you have and a bid may cost you about $50-150 if you do NOT have the electrician do the job at that time (that cost would be included as part of the job cost if you go ahead and have him do it then and there), a new run of the mill dryer which might match the circuit capacity you have probably about $300'ish plus maybe $50-75 or so delivery if you can't haul it yourself, so keep in mind cost of replacing the dryer vearsus upgrading the outlet, especially if new wiring has to be run.

Depending on the age of the apartment, this might be an undersized circuit (by modern standards) just because it is old - many newer machines tend to use more power for a quicker dry so need a higher capacity circuit. Or could be undersized because the building was built cheap, with limited load capacity, so you may need a low-demand machine. or your machine, possibly, is low demand so the outlet was sized for larger machines. [In the good old days, a lot of drywers were 20 or 25A, 30A is the "standard" for almost all residential clothes dryers today though there are 40A ones out there, and there are commercial 50A and 100A clothes dryers (like you see in some laundromats and in hotels), but almost all machines over a 30-40A demand are installed with gas dryers because of the almost always lower cost - but they do exist in areas without public gas service where they do not want to install a propane system.

One other possibility - if the outlet you see is the normal wall type outlet - two vertical slots with maybe roundish hole under, which any of your household appliances like vacuum could plug into, that is a 110/120V outlet and NOT for an electric dryer (assuming yours is electric, not gas). An electric dryer needs a 220/230/240V outlet, which has prongs which angle at different angles and commonly has at least one prong with an angle or "L" shape in the prong itself. If that is the case, and there is not one behind the washert or such like that, might need to either get a gas dryer, or have a whole new wiring circuit installed - which depending on whether the breaker box has the capacity or not, can run at least $500 and sometimes as much as $1000-2000 depending on the upgrades needed.

One other possibility - if your dryer prongs are normal outlet type prongs, same configuration as vacuum and toaster and lamps and such, then you have a gas dryer, and ti would normally plug into the same outlet as the washer for the power for controls and the motor (the gas provides the heating). And ofcourse have to be hoked up to the gas connection which is presumably there.

It is possible, especially if your range setup is for only gas range also, that the apartment was not wired for electric range and dryer and you have to use gas or pay a bunch to upgrade it.

And of course - since you said apartment - the building manager (if you own the apartment) or the owner/manager (if renting) would have to approve any changes. If rental, they might or might not have it done for you or agree to split the cost - but certainly in any case the building management will want input into and approval rights on the plan and contractor.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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