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Need to change dryer pigtail

I need to change the pigtail on my dryer and i am not sure as to where all wires hook up

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3 wires, black and red goto either side, and the white goes to the center terminal , if you have a green(ground) that attaches on the body of unit itself

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How to connect 4 wire pigtail to 3 wire dryer


connect directly to dryer. There should be a connecting block in back of dryer marked for blk.hot wire,white commen wire,and Green or bare ground wire & add another ground wire from a screw on dryer to green ground wire at the block.To be safe,check your owners manual. PS always be sure your pigtail is unpluged.first.

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I have a Gibson dryer..It has a three prong plug


The National Electrical Code began requiring 4-prong receptacles for 220-volt residential circuits in 2000, but it doesn't prohibit you from using your older dryer with a 3-prong cord. Instead, it allows you to change the cord so that the dryer can be plugged into a modern receptacle, and the procedure isn't very complicated. Four-prong dryer cords, or pigtails, are available at hardware and electrical supply stores, and usually cost less than $20. To make the switch, you'll need a green ground screw to attach to the dryer body so the machine can be grounded by the ground wire.

1 Unplug the dryer and move it to an accessible spot. Unscrew the plate on the back that covers the electrical terminal with a screwdriver. You'll find the cover on the back of the dryer near the bottom of the machine at the point where the cord exits.
2 Loosen the three terminal screws holding the cord. Before you remove them and take off the cord, note the colors of the screws and the wires attached to them. The screws holding the black and red wires are brass and the one holding the white wire is silver.
3
Remove the ground strap from the silver terminal. It may be a small metal plate or a length of wire connecting the terminal to the body of the dryer. You may be able to pull it out with pliers, or you may have to loosen a screw to remove it. Its function was to ground the dryer, and that function will now be served by the ground wire on the new pigtail.
4 Insert the brass terminal screws into the ring lugs attached to the red and black wires on a replacement pigtail and the silver screw into the ring lug on the white wire. Drive the screws into the same slots from which you removed them and tighten them securely with a screwdriver.
5 Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the body of the dryer within reach of the fourth wire in the pigtail, which is green. Insert a green ground screw through the ring lug on the end of that wire, drive the screw into the hole and tighten it securely.
6 Feed the cord through the notch on the terminal cover plate and screw the cover plate to the back of the dryer.

Things You Will Need
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Ground screw
  • 4-prong pigtail

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  • There usually isn't room behind the cover plate to install the ground screw. If not, it's acceptable to attach the screw to the back of the dryer outside the plate.
  • Check the grounding with a multimeter before you plug in the dryer. Set the meter to ohms, touch one lead to the dryer body and touch the other lead to the ground prong on the plug. The meter should show less than 10 ohms of resistance.

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Can you change a four prong pigtail with a three prong pigtail on a whirlpool duet dryer


Yes, you surely can!
Here's how.
When you open up the back of the machine where the electric cord attaches, you will see a row of 3 screws/bolts.
Your 4 wire cord has the black wire going to one of those screw/bolts. That is a HOT connection.
Your cord also has a red wire attached to a screw/bolt. It too is HOT.
These two hot connections are the outside two of the row of three screws/bolts.
The one in the middle is a ground wire, and is white.
The other, the fourth wire, usually blue or green, it is attached directly to the sheet metal of the dryer itself.
It too is ground..

Now, the 3 wire cord is not color coded, it is "position" coded.
The two outside wires go to the outside (in the row of 3) screw/bolts of the dryer. the middle wire is hooked to the middle ground screw.
It doesn't matter whether the outside wires go to the right screw or the left screw, but never to the middle screw.
By the same token, never hook the middle wire to an outside screw/bolt.
You will have no fourth wire going to the sheet metal.
Be blessed.

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How to connect a four wire pigtail


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
Best, G

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Need to change cord to three prong from four...they are not color coded, does is matter how you hook them up


The wires on a flat 3 prong pigtail go on just as they are. The center wire goes on the center post. The outer wires go on the outer posts. The wires do NOT crossover at all and it doesn't matter with the outer wires. Just as long as the center wire is on the center post. You *must* put a ground strap from the center post to the case. It should have been removed or disconnected when the 4 wire pigtail installed. If you have a round 3 wire pigtail, the White wire goes to the center post. Red or black to either outer post.

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I changed my dryer power chord from 4 to 6 feet. I have all the correct wires hooked up. There is a pigtail coming off the dryer power bar. As a result, I have this loose white wire flopping around. My...


That wire flopping around is probably the ground wire and needs to be hooked up, it's probably grounding out the power for the control.

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