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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.
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.
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
put the white in the middle,red on one side black on the other doesn't matter what side or just copy the old cord,now you need to ground it with the green wire,take off a screw on the back of the dryer near the other three and attach the green ground wire to it and screw it back in,the green wire just has to touch the metal frame to ground it
The green is ground, white is neutral, red and black are both hot (L1
and L2). If you put a 4 prong pigtail on, remove the ground strap
between the center post and the case. The green ground goes on the
case, white neutral in the center, black or red to the left, what's
left on the right. You can interchange the red and black but NOT the
white or green. For safety's sake, put the Red on the right post, white in the middle, and black on the left. The green gets grounded right to the case.
Get an qualified person to do it. If you do not have any idea how to do it, you are better off having someone else do it. If you have a 3 prong receptacle, you need a 3 prong pigtail. And if you have a 4 prong receptacle, the dryer needs a 4 prong pigtail. The green is ground, white is neutral, red and black are both hot (L1 and L2). If you put a 4 prong pigtail on, remove the ground strap between the center post and the case. The green ground goes on the case, white neutral in the center, black or red to the left, what's left on the right. You can interchange the red and black but NOT the white or green. If you use a 3 prong pigtail, the center is the neutral (same as white on the 4 prong) and you will need the ground strap between the neutral (center) and the case. The wires do NOT cross over on a 3 prong pigtail.
to put it kindly depending on way you connected wires unit could be damaged,replace pigtail with three wire and outlet to original.outlet wires should be black,red and white. turn breaker off attach white to middle and red,black to sides,"either side is fine".Attach dryer pigtail in same manner with white on white and if plug in and turn breaker on.If there is no operation at this point dryer possibly damaged from previous wiring.Just remember be safe when working with electrical and ask before trying to change things that aren't the same.