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I had to change the three prong wire and replace with four prong

The four prong is colored coded. Not sure where each color needs to be connected.

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  • ladeycece Nov 23, 2008

    ok,

    My cords are colored coded however, on the actual dryer there is not red cord to go with the red cord for my prong. The colors I have are blue, white, and black and yellow together.

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If you are converting from 3 to 4 prong service, that is fairly simple and should be done as follows:
If you purchased a pre-terminated cord that has a molded plug on one end and four wires with lugs on the other then that is what you have to attach to your dryer. Start by pulling the dryer out far enough to gain easy access to the back panel. Depending on the model, you will need to find the place where the cord feeds through the back and feed the new wire through that opening ( there should be some kind of cable clamp that guides and clamps that cable through the back panel). Once fed through, look for the terminal block on the back of your dryer. You will have at least 3 terminals that should be color coded red, black white or green) Start by installing the red to red, black to black and white to white ( or green) and then take the green wire end of the cord and look for a ground stud on the back of the dryer. There should be a terminal or sheet metal screw that you can attach that green wire to the dryer. The green wire is a safety ground that bonds the dryer to earth ground and provides a path to ground through the dryer chassis should you develop a short top ground. That path is provided to protect you so that you don't become the path from power to ground. Hope that helps...
Just remember to do all this wiring with the cord unplugged from the power source...
Regards,
Rick

Posted on Nov 23, 2008

  • Rick Gelin
    Rick Gelin Nov 23, 2008

    OK.. so lets get you straightened out.. Do you have a way to check for continuity between the molded plug pins and the wire ends. That will help to determine which is which. Are you wiring this in the US or someplace else? Color coded differ outside the US than what I am familiar with? Please advise. I do not want to steer you in the wrong direction so I will need that information. If you have access to an ohm -meter or continuity checker that will help a lot.. Four Prong Plugs in the US have one pin that has a hook to it and that is the ground pin. Since you do not have a wire end terminated with a green wire we will need to determine which is which. If you don't have a way to determine which color corresponds to which plug pin, then you may be able to contact the place you bought it and ask for that information. Regardless, you will still have 2 power feeds, a neutral and a ground. The 2 power feeds will need to be identified as will the neutral and ground in order to tie it in properly on your dryer. Post your response and we'll get you fixed up..

    Regards,

    Rick

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