We bought a used Maytag dryer, model LDE8406ACM. We need to connect the pigtail to it, but the colors on the wires on the dryer do not match the red, yellow, white and black of the pigtail.
Can you tell us how to connect this?
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Re: used maytag electric dryer installation question
First off, you should be wiring your power cord directly to the terminal block inside the dryer. If someone just cut off the cord that is terminated inside the dryer, and you are attempting to splice the new cord onto the old one.. you are making a mistake.. take the new cord and bond it directly to the terminal block inside the dryer. If you have a new 4-wire power cord, you are probably dealing with a red/black/white and green wire. ( assuming it is a four prong plug).. The black and red wires are the power lines themselves and should mate with the red and black wires inside the dryer. The green ( is frame ground) and is normally bonded to a stud near the terminal block or the dryer frame. The white is the neutral line and is normally tied to the terminal in the middle and between the red and black tie points.. In line splices should not be done on this appliance.. Hope this helps..
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The white wire goes to the middle terminal post on the dryer.
The red and black wires go to the outside terminal posts.Doesn't matter which.
The green ground wire needs to be attached to the outside metal case...anywhere. The easiest way is to put the eyelet on the screw that attaches the terminal cover plate when you put it back on. Sandwich it between the screw head, the plate and the case.
Hope that helps. Let me know if you need more info
Get an qualified person to do it. If you do not have any idea how to do it, you are better off having someone else do it. If you have a 3 prong receptacle, you need a 3 prong pigtail. And if you have a 4 prong receptacle, the dryer needs a 4 prong pigtail. The green is ground, white is neutral, red and black are both hot (L1 and L2). If you put a 4 prong pigtail on, remove the ground strap between the center post and the case. The green ground goes on the case, white neutral in the center, black or red to the left, what's left on the right. You can interchange the red and black but NOT the white or green. If you use a 3 prong pigtail, the center is the neutral (same as white on the 4 prong) and you will need the ground strap between the neutral (center) and the case. The wires do NOT cross over on a 3 prong pigtail.
The 2 larger outside wires are the Hot wires (Red and Black). Connect them to the Red and Black terminals on the dryer (They can be reversed, it does not matter as long as one is on the Black and the other is on the Red terminal) . The smaller middle wire is the Neutral wire (white) and will connect to the white terminal on the dryer.
I had a similar problem years back. It was the ignitor. The ignitor is a ceramic like piece that heats up (glows red) that ignites the gas. Typically when that goes, you will see some white residue build up where it cracked, thus breaking the electrical connection. This thing works like a heating element on an electric stove, but rougher looking.
The part was about $30 at my local parts store. I bought an extra one just in case so I have it on hand. I installed it with common tools.
You can check it to see if you lost connection by using a volt meter.
how do you change a 3 prong plug to a 4 prong plug when the colors dont match on the wires to the dryer?colors on the wires are red white black and green. colors on the terminal of the dryer are a black and yellow tied together a white in the middle and 2 blues tied together. this is a maytag atlantis dryer. thankyou chad....
A three wire pigtail is connected thusly. The two outer wires go to the two outer terminals on the dryer, the center lead goes to the center of the dryer terminal block. If its a four wire pigtail, the outer leads go to the two outer terminals on the dryer, the white goes to the center terminal. The jumper strap on the center is removed and the green goes to chassis ground.