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What type of power cord ( 3 or 4 prong) for an electric dryer

I have just gotten a Kenmore 30 amp dryer electric dryer and want to know what type of cord I should use, Sears was no help

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Hello markdraghi,
I assume ( but don't know) that you are replacing an existing dryer... That said, then you need to match the cord ( 3 prong or 4 prong) with what you currently have for a receptacle. A 3 prong uses two hot feeds ( red and black) and a Neutral ( white). A 4 prong uses the same as the 3 prong but also includes a Green wire for Ground. Get back to me if you need wiring details or if I have NOT answered your question. Hpe this helps.
Regards,
Rick

Posted on Jan 06, 2009

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30 amp. will work just fine...

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575913-installing_a_220_vac_appliance_cord

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Hi there, My question for you is, I'm going to assume this an 220 volt / 30 amp electric dryer - which is most common. Therefore, it sounds to me like you have an existing receptacle which has a 4-prong design. And, that you have a dryer with the electrical power cord already attached to it. If this is correct, then you would just need to replace the receptacle from a 4-prong, to a 3-prong. What you would need to do first is check the amperage on the existing receptacle. You want 30 amps, which is standard for most all electric dryers. If so, great! If not, it's most likely a higher amperage - which is fine. Then you'd have to go to your nearest appliance store (home depot, Lowe's, etc.) and pick up a 220 volt / 30 amp 3-pronged receptacle. Then, to replace it - first turn OFF the 30 amp. 2-pole circuit breaker. It's most likely the only one you have in your electrical panel. If there's two, then get a little inductance/voltage tester when purchasing your receptacle - to check for power. These are worth their weight in gold. So not to confuse (which I hope you're hangin' with me still..:) you any further. Once you've turned power OFF, and confirmed it. Remove the cover and receptacle (leaving the wires attached). Then, remove the ground (green) wire from the 4-prong recept. and put that into the 3-prong recept. Then, take the black wire off - and add it to the other too. Then you should have a red (but sometimes another black) wire. Do the same as you just did with the black. Now, the remaining wire (which is most likely a neutral/white) - you can cap this with a wirenut, or tape it good with electrical tape - and tuck this into the back of the box. Now make sure you've tightened and secured your connections...then attach the receptacle to the cover (see a note below on this cover) if applicable. Otherwise, you'll need to purchase this also. Actually, regarding that note I mentioned. You might want to pick a cover up when you purchase your receptacle, or at least ask the clerk. Off hand, I don't remember if they are compatible, or not? Anyway, after you're finished securing and wiring your receptacle - now you can go turn ON your circuit breaker. If it holds, great! If not, recheck your connections - and then contact me. I'll walk you through this. However, I believe you'll do fine. Anyway, Good Luck and I hope this helps! - Jim

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This is an example of a three wire connection dryer cord hookup. Notice that there is a ground strap connected from the common center terminal to the frame of the terminal block. Place the center wire of the cord on the center terminal [ one with the ground ******** it ] and the other two wires will be placed on the outer terminals and it doesn't matter which wire goes right or left. Get the center wire of the cord right and you are in business.
This is an example of the 4 wire dryer cord hookup. Notice that the ground strap has been removed from the terminal block frame and folded back onto the center terminal for storage. You can see the colors of the other hookups. TIP: White always to the middle.

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r793520-3_prong_4_prong_power_cord_conversion

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