We have a new portable dryer with a three-prong cord, but it is not the same as the angled three-prong outlets in our apartment. Is it safe to change outlets? Do we need to tell our landlord? Is it a fire hazard?


You probably have a dryer that uses normal, 120V household current. If it will plug into a normal outlet, do so. If one of the regular prongs is turned sideways you may have to use one of the outlets in the kitchen, though - those should be on a 20 amp circuit and have the sideways hole for that prong (it's actually kind of a "T" shaped to accept both the normal 15 amp plug and the 20 amp plug).

There should be a sticker somewhere on the dryer saying what voltage and amperage it requires. If it's 110V or 120V then ordinary house then it plugs into a normal outlet.

Updated on January 25, 2018

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Changing a 3-Prong to 4-Prong Dryer Plug and Cord
By Dan Harmon