Safe & Quick Dryer Power Solutions

Posted by Stephanie Junek on

Are you looking for a simple solution to relocating or plugging your dryer into a power source in your basement or laundry room?  AC Connectors offers many adapter options for use with dryer outlets.  Some of the adapters are for use other than a dryer but we still have some great options for you to connect your dryer as well.

The industry standard changed in 1996 because of safety precautions.  Older homes and dryers still have the 3-prong NEMA 10-30 plugs and receptacles.  These NEMA 10-30P plugs will only work with the 30 Amp 240 Volt NEMA 10-30R outlet, as you know. 

NEMA 10-30R Outlet

If you purchase a new dryer or new construction, post-1996, then you will likely run into the 4-prong NEMA 14-30 plugs and receptacles.  This plug is a little different as it has two straight prongs, a round prong, and an L-shaped prong.  These plugs have prongs that are 120 Volt hots each, allowing for the necessary 240 Volts it takes to run this appliance.  The green wire is tied to the metal dryer housing and runs through the round prong while the white wire is the neutral wire running through the L-shaped prong.    

14-30R dryer outlet

If you have an old dryer and a new home your plug and receptacle will not mate with each other and something will need to be done to find a solution.  The same goes for an old home and a new dryer.  Either way, you look at it, you cannot dry your laundry until the problem is solved.  If you have a family of five as I do, and it is winter, you need to find a solution and fast.   

We have talked previously about our two most popular dryer adapters; the S14301030-018 and the S10301430-018 flexible dryer adapters.  This time we will share some of the other options we have to get you back in the laundry room folding clothes because we all know it is your favorite chore.   

The AD14301030 compact adapter with ground wire is a 90-degree angled compact and durable adapter.  The benefit of this adapter over the flexible adapter is the size and shape of the product.  We can provide you with the correct angle you need with this small yet powerful adapter.  As you can see in the image below, the plug from your dryer will sit sideways providing a more convenient fit for our adapter.  This requires much less space behind the appliance and still allows the adapter to hook up for an easy fix.  

AD14301030 AC WORKS™ brand adapter

The flexible adapters listed above; S14301030-018 and S10301430-018 do just as the name suggests.  They give you the flexibility you may need in the small space provided, to offer you the ability to adapt to a connection. 

If you need a little extra length or are moving your dryer and we have a couple of extension cords that may help you get the extra length you need.

S1030PR NEMA 10-30 Extension

S1430PR NEMA 14-30 Extension

Lastly, and most importantly, we never want you to use an adapter if your dryer has not been grounded.  Our dryer adapters come with a green grounding wire you can install and directions to do so correctly, making this the safest option aside from calling an electrician and having a new outlet installed into your basement or laundry room.

AC WORKS™ brand ground wire for dryer adapter

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask as we are here to help you.  You can contact our Customer Service Department via email, phone or text messaging.  You can also contact our Marketing Department for any topics you would like to see discussed on the blog in the future. 

 Stephanie Junek Marketing Manager for Cordtec Power Corp.





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