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Need to switch 3 pronged plug for 4 pronged but not sure which color wire gets connected where.  Other wires were not color coded.

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The red and black wires go to L1 and L2 terms doesnt matter which color on which term, white wire goes to"N" neutral terminal and green wire is safety ground that can be grounded to the steel housing of unit if your feed line comes directly from your main panel,not a sub panel,some localities will allow you to tie the white neutral and green grnd wire together in the unit chk your local ordinance first

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I need to change my 3 prong to a 4 prong


Unplug the dryer then remove the terminal block cover and disconnect the 3-prong cord from the dryer. Note that the cord has red , black, and white wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can switch places. There's also a ground strap wire also connected to the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire.

Get yourself a 4-prong cord and note that it has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires but sometimes, like the 3-pronged one, the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can also switch places. All you have to do now is connect the 3 wires in the same manner they are connected as 3-prong cord to the terminal block. The ground strap wire now just need to be connected to the remaining 4th wire, the green/yellow wire instead of the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire. Reinstall the terminal block cover and it's done.

It can be observed that converting a 3-prong cord to 4-prong cord is merely splitting the neutral line and the ground thereby increasing the number of prongs from 3 to 4 whereas, on the other hand, converting a 4-prong cord to 3-prong cord is merely joining the neutral line (white) and the ground (green/yellow) thereby reducing the number of prongs from 4 to 3.. The links below might enlighten you further on this matter.

Four-prong to Three-prong Electric Dryer Conversion
Three-prong to Four-prong Electric Dryer Conversion

Aug 21, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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I have a four prong clothes dryer plug that needs to go in a three prong outlet - 220v. Any ideas?


It's either you convert the 3-prong outlet to 4-prong or the 4-prong cord to 3-prong. But the latter is easier and more feasible. Unplug the dryer then disconnect the 4-prong cord from the dryer. Note that it has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray. The red and black wires are lines L1 and L2 reversibly, meaning they can switch places, while the white and green/yellow wires are the neutral line and ground, respectively.

Get yourself a 3-prong cord and note that it has red , black, and white wires but sometimes, like the 4-pronged one, the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can also switch places. All you have to do now is connect these 3 wires in the same manner they are connected as 4-prong cord to the terminal block. The wire strapped to the dryer cabinet and connected to the green/yellow wire of the 4-prong cord wire is now left hanging. The last step is to connect this hanging strap wire to the same terminal on the terminal block (center) where the white wire (neutral) is connected and it's done.

It can be observed that converting a 4-prong cord to 3-prong cord is merely joining the neutral line (white) and the ground (green/yellow) thereby reducing the number of prongs from 4 to 3. On the other hand, converting a 3-prong cord to 4-prong cord is merely splitting the neutral line and the ground thereby increasing the number of prongs from 3 to 4. The link below might enlighten you further on this matter.

Electric Dryer Prong Conversion

Aug 20, 2011 | Maytag Dryers

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I have a FEQ1442es dryer. I need to change it from a 4 pronged plug to a three prong, as that is what outlet my condo has... Is there any special order etc. in which to attatch the connections on the...


The 4-prong plug has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires while the 3-prong plug has red, black, and white wires. The only difference is the green/yellow (ground) wire of the 4-prong plug which is attached to the dryer cabinet. All you have to do is connect the wires of the 3-prong plug in the same way the same wire colors are connected with the 4-prong plug then connect the terminal on the cabinet, where the green/yellow (ground) wire of the 4-prong plug is formerly connected, to the white wire of the 3-prong plug.
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Feb 12, 2011 | Frigidaire FEQ1442ES Electric Dryer

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Can you take a dryer that has a 4 prog plug and put a 3 prong plug on it?


Yes, you can put a 3-prong plug in place of the 4-prong plug.

The 4-prong plug has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires while the 3-prong plug has red, black, and white wires. The only difference is the green/yellow (ground) wire of the 4-prong plug which is attached to the dryer cabinet. All you have to do is connect the wires of the 3-prong plug in the same way the same wire colors are connected with the 4-prong plug then connect the terminal on the cabinet, where the green/yellow (ground) wire of the 4-prong plug is formerly connected, to the white wire of the 3-prong plug.
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Feb 04, 2011 | Maytag Dryers

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I am trying to convert the 3 prong cord to a 4 prong cord and don't know where to put the grounding terminal from before...it was on the dryer internally.   I got everything hooked up correctly (i...


The following link explains how to correctly install a 220VAC appliance cord to your dryer:

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

Read through the instructions provided and let me know if you have questions. This advice is how to convert from a 3 prong to a 4 prong appliance cord. You simply match the corresponding colors of the wires on the cord you intend to attach to the matching colors at the terminal block on the back of the dryer. If the wires are not color coded at the terminal block, the outer two wires (left and right) are the HOT leads, the center wire is the Neutral. Make sure the neutral and ground wires remain independent of each other in a 4 wire configuration. The green wire should be terminated on a ground lug on the equipment cabinet while the neutral is terminated at the terminal block.

Let me know if you require further assistance. I hope this help you.

Feb 09, 2010 | Whirlpool WED5500S Electric Dryer

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I have a 3 prong to change to a 4 prong cord on my dryer


The following link explains how to correctly install a 220VAC appliance cord to your dryer:

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

Read through the instructions provided and let me know if you have questions. This advice is how to convert from a 3 prong to a 4 prong appliance cord. You simply match the corresponding colors of the wires on the cord you intend to attach to the matching colors at the terminal block on the back of the dryer. If the wires are not color coded at the terminal block, the outer two wires (left and right) are the HOT leads, the center wire is the Neutral. Make sure the neutral ad ground wires remain independent of each other in a 4 wire configuration. The green wire should be terminated on a ground lug on the equipment cabinet while the neutral is terminated at the terminal block.

Let me know if you require further assistance. I hope this help you.

Feb 06, 2010 | Dryers

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I need to change out my 3 prong dryer power cord with a 4 prong dryer cord, but unable to figure out where the wires go on the new 4 prong power cord, because the one on there is grey and not color coded...




Changing from 3 to 4 wire hookup on a electric dryer:
Power cord help for 3 & 4 prong dryer cords
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.

Below are a few websites.
http://www.applianceaid.com/general.html#3to4


http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=10&newsdesk_id=5

Nov 13, 2009 | Kenmore Elite HE4 Electric Dryer

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Change 4 plug out and put in 3 prong plugs it runs but no heat


The main difference between the 4-prong and 3-prong configuration is how the ground and neutral wires are connected at the terminal block.

The color codes are as follows:

RED - HOT (120 VAC)
BLACK - HOT (120 VAC)
WHITE - NEUTRAL (0 VAC)
GREEN - GROUND

You simply match the corresponding colors with the wires present at the terminal block on the back of the dryer. In a 3-wire configuration, however, neutral and ground are connected together. This is done by connecting the ground wire from the equipment cabinet to the neutral wire at the terminal block.

In a 4-wire configuration these two wires are INDEPENDENT of each other and are not connected.

Please note that in homes built after the year 2000 it is REQUIRED to have a 4-wire configuration to be within the National Electrical Code.

If the wires at the terminal block are not color coded, Red and Black will be connected to the outer two terminals (left and right) of the terminal block, while neutral will be connected to the center terminal.

If you need more guidance, the following link explains:

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

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

Aug 22, 2009 | Dryers

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