How do i change the cord?
My question for you is, I'm going to assume this an 220 volt / 30 amp electric dryer - which is most common. Therefore, it sounds to me like you have an existing receptacle which has a 4-prong design. And, that you have a dryer with the electrical power cord already attached to it. If this is correct, then you would just need to replace the receptacle from a 4-prong, to a 3-prong. What you would need to do first is check the amperage on the existing receptacle. You want 30 amps, which is standard for most all electric dryers. If so, great! If not, it's most likely a higher amperage - which is fine. Then you'd have to go to your nearest appliance store (home depot, Lowe's, etc.) and pick up a 220 volt / 30 amp 3-pronged receptacle. Then, to replace it - first turn OFF the 30 amp. 2-pole circuit breaker. It's most likely the only one you have in your electrical panel. If there's two, then get a little inductance/voltage tester when purchasing your receptacle - to check for power. These are worth their weight in gold. So not to confuse (which I hope you're hangin' with me still..:) you any further. Once you've turned power OFF, and confirmed it. Remove the cover and receptacle (leaving the wires attached). Then, remove the ground (green) wire from the 4-prong recept. and put that into the 3-prong recept. Then, take the black wire off - and add it to the other too. Then you should have a red (but sometimes another black) wire. Do the same as you just did with the black. Now, the remaining wire (which is most likely a neutral/white) - you can cap this with a wirenut, or tape it good with electrical tape - and tuck this into the back of the box. Now make sure you've tightened and secured your connections...then attach the receptacle to the cover (see a note below on this cover) if applicable. Otherwise, you'll need to purchase this also. Actually, regarding that note I mentioned. You might want to pick a cover up when you purchase your receptacle, or at least ask the clerk. Off hand, I don't remember if they are compatible, or not? Anyway, after you're finished securing and wiring your receptacle - now you can go turn ON your circuit breaker. If it holds, great! If not, recheck your connections - and then contact me. I'll walk you through this. However, I believe you'll do fine. Anyway, Good Luck and I hope this helps! - Jim
May 24, 2010 |
Estate TEDX640JQ Electric Dryer