How To Test a Dryer Outlet

There are these odd times when we plug our dryer into the outlet that it does not work, or sometimes it does, for a mere ten seconds or so, then it dies on you. Instead of assuming right away that the problem is with your dryer, and before running to the appliance store to get your home a new dryer, try testing the electrical outlet first. It could be that all you need is to double check the electrical outlet’s connectivity first. Here is how it can be done:

  1. Get the necessary tools you would need to check for the dryer outlet’s connectivity. Gather the following tools: Circuit Tester or Multi-Meter, Flash Light, Screw Driver.
  2. Double check your Fuse Box first. What you are trying to look for would be a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker. If you can’t find a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker, then proceed with checking the dryer outlet itself for electrical connectivity.
  3. Check your dryer outlet for electrical connectivity. Remove the outlet cover first. Unscrew it by using your handy screwdriver. If you are using a simple circuit tester, just insert the tester probes into each of the vertical receptacle slots of the dryer outlet. The tester has a mini light bulb at the end, and it would glow if the outlet is properly grounded and is electrically connected. If you will be using a multi-meter to test the dryer outlet voltage, turn on the multi-meter, and set the selector to AC volts. Also adjust it to the 240 volt setting or the next highest. Insert the tester leads again into each of the two ‘hot’ vertical receptacles. The tester should indicate a reading between 220 volts to 240 volts. After this, you should insert the tester leads between each of the two ‘hot’ receptacles, and the ‘neutral’ receptacle which is the straight slot below the two ‘hot’ receptacles. The voltage reading on the multi-meter should appear between 110 to 120 volts.
  4. Replace the dryer outlet’s cover panel. Screw back the cover panel once you are done testing the voltage and electrical connectivity of your dryer outlet.

If none of the above procedures give you the same results, then your dryer outlet is not working properly. Dryer outlets, or any other electrical outlets for that matter, need to be checked regularly. It may be a bit of a cliché, but its better safe than sorry, so do not hesitate to call your friendly electrician to help fix the problem for you.


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