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What does the 120/240 volt plate on my dryer mean?

It is a Kenmore dryer model #110.86661100 and the plate says 120/240 volts. I am getting a newer dryer from my sister and wanted to make sure that my electrical outlet can handle the new dryer. I would like to know about my electric dryer. It says on the plate 120/240. What does that mean?

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Joey S
Basically, it means the dryer requires a 240 volt voltage supply to plug into. The 120 means that there are components inside the dryer that operates on 120 volts and the heating element requires 240 volts to operate. Overall you have 220 volt electric dryer and the newer dryer will operate fine if it's an electric dryer requiring the same voltage supply. Now, the power cord on the new dryer may or may not fit the wall outlet. Dryer cords can be a 3 prong cord or a 4 prong cord. If the dryer cord on the older dryer does not match the power cord on the newer dryer you can swapped out the two power cords so that it will plug into the 240 volt wall outlet.

(See image below for electrical connections and instructions)
by Joey S Earned 2,288 community points in Kenmore
April 23rd, 2009
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