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I recently moved into a rental home which was build in the 80's and the utility room has a 3 straight prong receptacle (50 amps which I found out is a receptacle for a range?).  My dryer (whirlpool made in 2006) is a newer model and has a 4 prong total (nema 14 30) with 2 straight prongs, a circle prong, and an L shape prong.  I have seen a few suggestions for fixing this problem such as buying a range cord to connect to the dryer or changing the receptacle to the correct 4 prong outlet.  I know there are some concerns with this type of fix because of the different wiring between the two appliances.  If you could give me the best course or action?  Should I call the property manager to see if they want to hire an electrician to do the job?

Since you already have a four prong cord, I would purchase a four prong wall receptacle and install it.  The one you have is for a range but the Safety is int he size of the breaker.  Check your home panel box and take note of the size of the breaker.  It should be a 30 amp breaker.  Period.  If higher, the proper safety is not there.  check these items and then contact your landlord with with these safety concerns.  

Good Luck, Eric  

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