Can I add an on/off switch to use instead of unplugging dryer?
January 24, 2014 12:58 AM Subscribe
Dryers use electricity when plugged in, even when they're turned off. In our old house, I could reach the plug; in this house, I can't. Is there a money-saving solution that doesn't involve re-wiring or the electrical box? In the U.S., so dryer has a 220 plug. (Dryer isn't broken - asking about a switch between wall and dryer.)
posted by stormyteal to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Possible solutions that aren't the right fit for us:
- Re-wiring is a no-go, this is a rental house.
- Electrical panel isn't practical; it's in the attached but not connected-by-doors garage.
Ideally, it would be some kind of extra-long switch or remote control sort of thing; I've attempted googling, but I'm clueless about the "right" word(s) to find an answer, if one exists.
Also - fire safety. If such a thing exists, how safe is it? Would it be right up there risk-wise with constant use of an extension cord?