How to Plug In a Dryer

All clothes dryers require electricity to operate, whether the dryer is an electric or gas-operated unit. Electric dryers use electricity not only to produce heat, but also to power the rotating tumbler inside the machine. On the other hand, gas dryers only use electricity to power the tumbler, while the heat is produced by burning natural gas. Plugging in a dryer is a quick task that can be accomplished in a few minutes.

Plugging in a dryer is a simple task that can be accomplished by anyone.
  1. Turn off the circuit breaker that provides power to the dryer outlet. If you have an older home that has fuses, remove the fuse that provides power to the dryer outlet. The inside cover of the breaker or fuse box should be marked according to the areas of the house they power.

  2. Locate the outlet into which you will be plugging your dryer. If you have a gas dryer, it will have a standard 120-volt plug that will plug into a standard electrical outlet. If the dryer is electric, you'll need a 240-volt outlet. The plug on the electric dryer will have three large metal prongs that form a triangle.

  3. Line up the prongs on the plug, whether it's a 120-volt or 240-volt one, with the outlet. Gently push the plug into the outlet.

  4. Turn the circuit breaker back on or insert the fuse back into the fuse box.

  5. Turn on the dryer and confirm it is working. If the dryer does not turn on, check the breaker or fuse box to confirm electricity is going to the outlet and check the plug to make sure it is pushed all the way in.


  • Whenever plugging anything into an electrical outlet, your hands should be dry to prevent getting an electric shock.
  • If the wiring leading to the plug is frayed or damaged, it should not be used and you should replace it immediately. Damaged wiring could cause a fire.