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Changing the 3 prong plug to four prong

What is the order for the wires. From left to right I have white, black, red. The ground wire is connected properly. The model number is

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I need to change my 3 prong to a 4 prong


Unplug the dryer then remove the terminal block cover and disconnect the 3-prong cord from the dryer. Note that the cord has red , black, and white wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can switch places. There's also a ground strap wire also connected to the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire.

Get yourself a 4-prong cord and note that it has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires but sometimes, like the 3-pronged one, the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can also switch places. All you have to do now is connect the 3 wires in the same manner they are connected as 3-prong cord to the terminal block. The ground strap wire now just need to be connected to the remaining 4th wire, the green/yellow wire instead of the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire. Reinstall the terminal block cover and it's done.

It can be observed that converting a 3-prong cord to 4-prong cord is merely splitting the neutral line and the ground thereby increasing the number of prongs from 3 to 4 whereas, on the other hand, converting a 4-prong cord to 3-prong cord is merely joining the neutral line (white) and the ground (green/yellow) thereby reducing the number of prongs from 4 to 3.. The links below might enlighten you further on this matter.

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I have a four prong clothes dryer plug that needs to go in a three prong outlet - 220v. Any ideas?


It's either you convert the 3-prong outlet to 4-prong or the 4-prong cord to 3-prong. But the latter is easier and more feasible. Unplug the dryer then disconnect the 4-prong cord from the dryer. Note that it has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray. The red and black wires are lines L1 and L2 reversibly, meaning they can switch places, while the white and green/yellow wires are the neutral line and ground, respectively.

Get yourself a 3-prong cord and note that it has red , black, and white wires but sometimes, like the 4-pronged one, the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can also switch places. All you have to do now is connect these 3 wires in the same manner they are connected as 4-prong cord to the terminal block. The wire strapped to the dryer cabinet and connected to the green/yellow wire of the 4-prong cord wire is now left hanging. The last step is to connect this hanging strap wire to the same terminal on the terminal block (center) where the white wire (neutral) is connected and it's done.

It can be observed that converting a 4-prong cord to 3-prong cord is merely joining the neutral line (white) and the ground (green/yellow) thereby reducing the number of prongs from 4 to 3. On the other hand, converting a 3-prong cord to 4-prong cord is merely splitting the neutral line and the ground thereby increasing the number of prongs from 3 to 4. The link below might enlighten you further on this matter.

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I have a FEQ1442es dryer. I need to change it from a 4 pronged plug to a three prong, as that is what outlet my condo has... Is there any special order etc. in which to attatch the connections on the...


The 4-prong plug has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires while the 3-prong plug has red, black, and white wires. The only difference is the green/yellow (ground) wire of the 4-prong plug which is attached to the dryer cabinet. All you have to do is connect the wires of the 3-prong plug in the same way the same wire colors are connected with the 4-prong plug then connect the terminal on the cabinet, where the green/yellow (ground) wire of the 4-prong plug is formerly connected, to the white wire of the 3-prong plug.
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Hook up a 4 prong plug in the back of a 3 prong series 90 dryer. What wire go to which screw?


If its a four prong cord your wires should definitely be color coded. There should be a black, red, white, and green wire. Since the dryer was a 3 prong wired dryer originally your going to see a terminal that is (or was if it was removed already) jumpered to the frame of the dryer using a piece of metal. Your going to remove that piece of metal. Now the one terminal (not the frame) will be where you connect your white wire or neutral. The other terminal the the neutral terminal was jumpered to is where you will connect your green or ground wire. This allows for the dryer to separate the ground terminal and and neutral terminal in case of ground fault situation. There will be only two terminals left which are your hot terminals for the black and red wires. Order on these hot terminals doesn't matter however I recommend to keep it neat you don't cross any wires and keep each hot wire on the side it falls on.

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Change the dryer cord from 3 prong to four prong


If its a four prong cord your wires should definitely be color coded. There should be a black, red, white, and green wire. Since the dryer was a 3 prong wired dryer originally your going to see a terminal that is (or was if it was removed already) jumpered to the frame of the dryer using a piece of metal. Your going to remove that piece of metal. Now the one terminal (not the frame) will be where you connect your white wire or neutral. The other terminal the the neutral terminal was jumpered to is where you will connect your green or ground wire. This allows for the dryer to separate the ground terminal and and neutral terminal in case of ground fault situation. There will be only two terminals left which are your hot terminals for the black and red wires. Order on these hot terminals doesn't matter however I recommend to keep it neat you don't cross any wires and keep each hot wire on the side it falls on.

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We have moved and the three prong cord now needs to be four prong


Ok here is how to hook up looking at dryer. Left brass screw is hot put red or black wire on. Center screw silver is neutral put white wire on. Right brass is also hot put the red or black wire on which one you have left. The green you ground to the dryer body or you can put with the white wire.

The reason why you have to hot wires is that it is a 240 volt dryer. Each hot wire caries 120 volts. The hot wires are the red and black. The white is a neutral witch is also a ground

I hope this helps. If you have any questions please ask before you rate.

Good Luck And Thank You for the post

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Amana dryer, changing out the electrical plug from 3 to 4 prong


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For example; Green wire goes to green screw on machine. White in the middle, red on left, black on right. (observed small color coded wires connecting in back-ground as well.)

In general, each color should match. Meaning, white with white.


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How to change a 3 prong to a four prong on a mde4000 Maytag Neptu


the red wire to red black wire to black white wire to white and disconect the ground wire to the white lug and conect the green wire to the screw that is on the other end of the ground strap you disconected from the white lug

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I have a 3-prong plug on a 14-year-old dryer. Now must change to 4-plug. Is that possible ... and if so, how?


A three Prong contains L1 (Line1), L2 (Line2) and N (Neutral). A four prong will contain L1 (Line1), L2 (Line2), N (Neutral) and G (Ground) typically a green wire.
Connect the three wires as normal, connect the green wire to the screw provided on the cabinet.

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I am trying tochange my


This is common issue. Due to some building codes the 3-prong configuration is no longer used in homes. The wiring is similar with one exception. The 4-wire plug uses an additional (WHITE) NEUTRAL wire.

Here's a brief explanation of how the plugs are configured:

Dryer 3 prong wire configuration:

RED - 120 VAC
GREEN - GROUND
BLACK - 120 VAC

Dryer 4 prong wire configuration:

RED - 120 VAC
GREEN - GROUND
BLACK - 120 VAC
WHITE - NEUTRAL

BOTH plugs provide the SAME source voltages to your appliance:

220 VAC - provided across the RED and BLACK leads are what drives your heating circuitry.
120 VAC - usually tapped of the BLACK wire is used to run the drive motor and timer on MOST dryers.

The wire terminal block in the back of the dryer should have a black, white, and red wire running to it from the dryer wiring harness. With the 4 prong plug, simply attach the BLACK, WHITE and RED wires at the terminal block ensuring that you match the RED and BLACK wires as they are configured and attach the WHITE wire at the remaining terminal lug. Make sure you screw them all down securely. Attach the remaining GREEN wire to chassis (dryer frame) ground. I hope this helps you.

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