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I need to change the dryer power cord on my Amana NDE6800AYW dryer. The current cord is a 4 prong with four wires that are black, red, green, and white. I need a 3 prong plug and I got a cord a Home Depot, but it only has three wires and they are not color coded, but the middle of the three wires does say neutral. The 4 wire cord was hooked up with red on the right (as you are facing the back of the dryer), white and green in the middle, and the black to the left. Does it matter how I connect the 3 wires, other than putting the neutral wire in the middle? Thank you.

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The two wires on either side of the power cord are your HOT leads. They are the voltage carrying conductors. These two wires will connect to the terminal block on the RED and BLACK wires. The middle wire is NEUTRAL and goes to the WHITE wire at the terminal block. Now...with a 3-wire configuration you will need to connect a grounding strap to the neutral wire and ground it to the grounding lug of the appliance. The following link explains:

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

The main difference between 3 and 4 wire configuration is how the neutral and ground wires are installed. In a four wire configuration these two are independent of each other. In a 3 wire configuration ground and neutral are connected together.

If you have any questions about this repair, please ask me. I hope this helps you.

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Connect the middle wire of the cord to the middle connection of the dryer. than take and connect the other two sides you should be fine as long as the middle wire of the cord is on the middle connector for the dryer

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