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Hiring an Electrician to Dry Your Clothes
If you are living in an older home on the Big Island and you decided to purchase a new dryer, you may need an electrician to get a load of laundry dry. This is because over the years the NEC (National Electrical Code) has changed. As it happens, one of those changes may have just happened right behind your old dryer without your knowledge.
Electrical dryers require 240v of electricity for proper operation. In older homes and in older appliances the common plug and receptacles were designed for 3-wire connections to transmit the required electrical current. Today however, NEC requires a 4-wire configuration; this change in the electrical code is for your property and personal safety.
This new 4-wire configuration insures that both the grounding wire and neutral wire are directly connected from the electrical panel right into the dryer. The old 3-wire method did not insure that the grounding wire was connected to the appliance. In homes with the older 3-wire configuration proper grounding of the appliance can easily be over looked.
If you find yourself facing such a problem, you will need to change the receptacle to accept the new 4-prong plug. Any investment in upgrading the electrical system of your home is a good idea.
I suggest you call a qualified electrical contractor in Kona to make sure the work is done properly and safely. Big Island Electric will be able to tell if the condition of your home wiring is safe and if the electrical panel has the correct breakers to handle the amps (amperage) required by you new dryer. Most electrical dryers require a 30amp breaker running through a 10/3 or 10/4 cord. 10 is the gauge of the wire, the smaller the number the larger the wire and the more current the wire is able to carry safely.
You can attempt this project yourself or you can use a Licensed Electrician to do this small job for you. If you do decide to do this yourself be sure to check out the article here: Convert Dry Cord.
This short article will give you a general idea of how to do this yourself. If you are still not sure how to address this issue, contact Big Island Electric.
Dryer Vent Cleaning
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are over 15,000 Dryer Fires every year resulting in numerous deaths and injuries. Fire can occur when lint built up in the dryer or in the exhaust duct ignites.
Keeping your dryer vent hose clean is an important part of long dryer life, operation and the prevention of DRYER FIRES. Please ask for a dryer vent hose clean when calling.