Question about Whirlpool Dryers
A 4-prong dryer cord means your dryer requires 240 volts, and will not work with a normal 120V household outlet.
Is your existing outlet a normal outlet like every other one in your house, or is it three holes in an unusual pattern?
If you want to get technical, I'm guessing that your dryer cord is a NEMA-14 (see the picture to the right for examples of NEMA-14-30 and 14-50 plug patterns)
I'm also guessing that the outlet is a NEMA-5 outlet.
If either of my guesses are wrong, let me know what picture/description best fits your cord/outlet and I'll try to help as best I can.
Posted on Aug 02, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The following link explains how to convert your appliance from a 3-prong to a 4-prong power cord:
I hope this helps you. Let me know if you still have questions.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008
No..you need to replace your 3-prong power cord with a new 4-prong power cord. The following link explains how:
It is a requirement that newer homes have the 4-wire outlet configuration. If your home came with this style outlet, you must update the appliance to be within the National Electrical Code specifications.
The main difference is the way the Neutral (WHITE) wire and the Ground (GREEN) wire is installed. The neutral and ground are independent of each other in a 4-wire configuration. Simply put: Ground the green wire to the equipment cabinet or ground lug. Remove any grounding strap that is on the terminal block for the neutral wire. The instructions I provided will explain this.
If you have any questions, please ask. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Jul 16, 2009
SOURCE: dryer cord
Your four prong cord has 4 wires. Black,Red,Green and White.
Remove the 3 prong cord from the dryer.
The Black and Red wires go to the outside terminals on the dryer. The White wire goes top the center terminal. The Green wire goes outside the terminal cover to any nearby screw for grounding.
Posted on Jan 03, 2010
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