Question about Dryers
Can I replace the existing 4 wire cord for a 3 wire cord?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I have a maytag dryer
A 4 wire cord should be hooked up accordingly:
1. Black wire to either outside terminal post.
2. Red wire to the remaining outside terminal post.
3. White wire to the center terminal post.
4. Green wire to the frame screw.
Also, make certain that your breaker/fuse box is wired according to local codes. If your dryer is not properly grounded through the fuse box and the green wire is attached to the frame then, a ground wire would need to attach to the green wire and then to an earth ground. This could possibly be your 5th wire, but you need to investigate it before applying power to the dryer.
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Posted on Jul 09, 2008
This is correct. When using a three wire cord, you leave the tab in place and this ties the neutral and ground together.
With a four wire cord arrangement, you remove the tie tab. The white (neutral) wire goes to the middle terminal, and the green goes to the chassis ground. The hot wires will always be the outside leads and connect to the outside terminals.
Best regards, --W/D--
Posted on Oct 27, 2009
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