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Need help converting 3 prong to 4 prong on MDE6200AYW DRYER. I have a three connector terminal with yellow and black on the right, white in the middle and a pair of blues on the left.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

To my understanding in your region, the 4 wire is the new electrical code. The only difference with the old styled 3 prong is that the neutral and ground are now separated thus making it into a 4 wire/4prong.

You might be better off looking over the illustrated instructions here or here.

Additional pointers to guide you:

  • almost all electrical type dryers uses 120 for the controls and 220 only for the heater;
  • in most instances, the yellow has a green stripe;
  • to confirm which is which, an AC voltmeter would be required on the outlet and a continuity tester on the dryer (unplugged). A DVM/VOM would serve both purposes.
Good luck and thank you for using FixYa

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You can see the diagram on the manual that came with it.

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Posted on Feb 24, 2009

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Feb 24, 2009

    Hi



    You need the black, red, and white wires connected to the terminal and the green connected to the frame . As shown in this Picture.



    Please revert for further clarifications.



    Thanks

    Rylee

  • Rylee Smith
    Rylee Smith Feb 24, 2009

    The fourth wire is to ground the body of the dryer. The cord should have red, black, white, and green wires. Red and black are hot, the white is neutral, and green is ground. The red, white, black in that order or reversed, black white, red, should go in a row where they connect to the dryer with the green one probably above it. If the center neutral lug has a bond to the chassis remove it. You have a dedicated wire to replace it now.



    Please revert for any clarifications.



    Thanks

    Rylee

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