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Wireing an a/c plug to a samsung DV316LES dryer I have Black, White, and Red wires coming out of the dryer. the plug I purchased came with Black, White, and Solid Green wires. I am sure it goes color to color but I just want to be safe with this $1,300.** machine. can you give me some knowledgable advice. Thanks

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Unless you have an a/c outlet close to your dryer the you wont be able to use an a/c cord. also the cord for an a/c i usually rated for 20 amps and your dryer needs to have a 30 amp circuit.
i would not suggest using this cord as it will overheat and probably cause a fire in your house.
if you think the cord can handle 30 amps, then you need to make sure you hook up red and black to the power sides, white to the neutral and green to ground.
seriously, just go back and get a dryer cord that will match the outlet that is close to your dryer.
draw a picture of what the outlet looks like, ie: the position and angle of the plug slots and go back to the hardware store and find the right cord.
it will work properly and be safe to use.

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