Dryer ?


Can you put a 4 prong dryer plug into a 5 prong outlet

  13 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Feb 09, 2021

    Hey Renee, could you post a picture of the outlet?

  • Seth Seth on Feb 09, 2021


    It's probably not 5 prongs. The round hole in the middle is not for a blade/pin of the plug to go into. It just looks like 5 holes. If the 4 prongs on the plug match the openings in the receptacle (outlet), you are good to go. But, a picture of both your plug and receptacle would be helpful to make sure.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 09, 2021

    Hi Renee, this is something you will not want to force, dryers run on 220V and you want to ensure your plug is correct so as not to get electrocuted. Here is a video to showing how to change out the plug, better safe than sorry


  • Dryer outlets are usually 3 or 4-prong. Do you have a photo?

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Feb 09, 2021

    Hi! I had an electric dryer for years, including new ones from time to time. Installers tell you upfront, before delivery, that the installation won't be completed if the plug isn't the correct one, because it is illegal to modify or force one (and really dangerous). With the power off, the correct plug can be installed very easily. They aren't expensive, either. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 09, 2021

    5 prong connectors are typically found on boat trailers and they are linear. This is probably what you are not looking at concerning an electric dryer. A picture of both the plug and recepticale would be very helpful.


  • Dee Dee on Feb 09, 2021

    Dryers come in two types. One type heats by electricity, and one heats by gas. They both require electricity, so they both have plugs. However, the plugs for electric dryers carry electricity at a voltage of 220 volts, which is basically the same as 230 or 240 volts, so they have large, heavy-duty plugs.

    • Em Em on Feb 09, 2021

      That doesn't seem to answer the question on the number of prongs in plug vs outlet.

  • Em Em on Feb 09, 2021

    Searched outlets around the world and cannot even find such a thing as a 5 prong outlet. They come in A thru O and all have 3 prongs max.

  • You might double check with the manufacturer or the store where it came from, sharing photos of the plug and outlet just to be safe.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 10, 2021


    Are you in North America or in the UK perhaps?

    Where are you wanting to plug the dryer in? (where exactly is the outlet that you are referring to as a a 5-prong?)

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 11, 2021

    Hi Renee: If you haven't purchased your dryer yet, take a picture of your outlet and take it with you to the store to show the salesperson so that they can sell you the proper dryer with a plug that will fit. I've never seen a 5 prong. Mine is 3, but I wouldn't try putting yours in an outlet not suited for your plug. I also wouldn't retrofit it. Get one that's compatible with your outlet and connection.

    Good luck