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Dryer doesnt heat L1 to N is 120/ L2 to N is 3?/ L1 to L2 is 30???

Also there is a 3 prong setup for the power but there is a external ground connector with a green wire with a strip of yellow on it. the guy i got it from had a random cord on this screw but i didnt know where this needed to be plugged in at?

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Electric dryers are 240 volt. You must have a 30 amp 240v receptacle to plug it into. The cord on the dryer must have a compatible plug.
The circuit should not be shared with anything else, and should be protected with a 2-pole 30 amp circuit breaker.

It is possible for only one side of a 2-pole breaker to pop. When that happens one of the "hot" terminals would be dead and would account for the weird voltage readings you're getting which are just stray voltages from the one good side bleeding back. So Check your breaker first. You should get 120v on each terminal of the breaker and 240v between them. The cable leading from it should be 3-wire (red, black, white). It may, or may not, also have a seperate (bare) ground wire.

Then check voltages at the receptacle. You should get 120v between each hot side and the neutral, and 240v between the two hot terminals. If not, then check the wiring connections at the breaker and at the receptacle. Switch off the main breaker (or pull the disconnect) before doing that.

If voltages OK at the receptacle, but not at the control board then replace the power cord.

The ground wire should be fastened to a cold water pipe with a clamp designed for that purpose unless your power cord and receptacle have a separate (4th) terminal for the ground.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

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  • Brandon
    Brandon Apr 15, 2014

    I saw a video of someone connecting the green and yellow ground wire to the middle white(N) wire. my wire however is not white is yellow. So what piece exactly is the dryers breaker how do i switch it back?

  • RJ Keck
    RJ Keck Apr 17, 2014

    Connecting the ground wire to the neutral is not only illegal, it's dangerous. Don't do it! The term "breaker" refers to the circuit breaker in your service entrance (main electrical) panel. Judging by your comments, I'd highly suggest you get an experienced electrician to assist you.

  • Brandon
    Brandon Apr 19, 2014

    7well heres the thing. I have the dryer and im going to fix it. if you cant answer my question help someone else. if your best advice consists of telling me to hire a professional then i dont desire any further "intellect" from you. as per the illegal, i didnt do this i was confused due to bad info online. i have checked all mentioned things and my problem remains the same (this is after i took apart every piece of the dryer and back together unharmed and unshocked.) i am getting a voltage reading between l1 and l2 @ about 30 what is causing this? the dryer i got when i got it had a wire that obviously went to something else attached to the ground (green/yellow wire) and it was about 3 or 4 ft. hangin off the dryer

  • RJ Keck
    RJ Keck Apr 19, 2014

    Your poor command of the language, and thinking that the "breaker" was inside the dryer were good clues that you weren't qualified to do this job, nor to understand the instructions given. It was clear that any further details given by me might cause you to harm yourself. I'd rather see you mad at me, than dead from electrocution. The text in my first post was more than sufficient for a competent handyman to check a 240v dryer circuit.

  • Brandon
    Brandon Apr 21, 2014

    well isnt that stuff the stuff you are supposed to "help" me understand? And despite your opinion i am obviously qualified and competent enough to fix my dryer.



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SOURCE: four prong plug to three prong plug

You can if you want to, but it's not generally necessary. Here's a picture of a 3 prong configuration with a ground strap...

That green wire with the yellow stripe is a ground and it is most definitely connected to the cabinet somewhere. So it will serve as the ground strap (in the above picture).

Here's the thing... say you were going from a 3 prong to a 4 prong. That is, the dryer was originally "designed" for a 3 prong. This means you'd have to "retrofit" it a bit. Take a look at this pic... ( I made this for someone else, so please disregard my somewhat hostile remarks, OK?)

The ground strap has been removed and has been replaced by the ground to the frame. Yours probably does NOT have a ground strap, though... yours uses that Green/Yellow wire for frame ground.

All of that to say this. Don't lose sleep over it. Ya done good.



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The Green is ground I would hook it up to the dryer metal frame ,with your other green wire,do not leave it unhooked

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