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I need to know what wire goes where on my dryer I have repalced a 3 prong with a four prong and it does not hook up the same way. Thanks Linda

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  • gerbasio Sep 20, 2008

    I did as you suggested . the middle white wire had two white wires and a medal strap I removed the medal strap and placed the white wire on top of the other white wires. I place the groud wire to the frame under where i remove the strap. I then pluged in the dryer and it will not turn on as if there is no power., did I do something wrong.



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The two ( now three) middle white wires and metal strap just bonds the neutral to the frame.. Can you reinstall the metal ******** top of the three wires in the middle? You did not do anything wrong.. and are you sure th ebreaker is on for that receptacle and the door to the dryer is securely closed? Otherwise.. you've hooked it up correctly unless the receptacle on the wall was mis wired...

Let me know what happens after you reconfigure the three white wires and reinstall the metal bond strap and check the breaker... If none of that works. I am afraid you wil need to verify what is wired to what in your receptacle.. Forthat you will need a voltmeter or one of those inductive voltage probes... or a close friend that is an electrician..

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Hello Linda,
maybe I can help you get it wired up correctly. First off..the main difference betrween a 3 and 4 prong cord set is the addition of a Neutral Line. On the back of your dryer, you should see a pass thru ( where the origanal cord went into the dryer).. There should be some kind of strain relief ...cable clamp that will need to be loosened to remove the original 3 prong cord set. Once you loosen the cable clamp, open the access cover to the power terminal block on your dryer. Depending on the model, you should see a terminal block that has at least 3 wire terminals on it.. Red, White and Black. match up the end ( assumed the new cordset was preterminated with ring lugs) onto the corresponding terminals of the block ( Red to Red, White to White and Black to Black). Once that has been done, you shoud have one wire left over and it is probably Green..That wire is your safety ground and should be bonded to the frame of the dryer or if the dryer you have has a ground terminal.. hook it there. That should do it.. If i have confused you or you are unclear on any of this.. please specify the brand and model number of your dryer and I may be able to provide detailed pictures of this.. Otherwise.. hope this helps get you goin...

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