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Switching the cord on maytag neptune dryer

I need to switch to cord on my dryer from a four prong to a cord that is a three prong I am wondering about the ground... there are 3 terminals on the dryer and a seperate ground bolt however the 3 prong wire only has a neutral and 2 other wires... what about the seperate ground?

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Re: switching the cord on maytag neptune dryer

On a 3 wire system you can pair the green wire with the white under the same screw and of course put the power wires on the left and right of the white one :)

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I have the revrse problem I moved and mow my 3 prong needs to be changed to a 4 prong how do I manage to keep it working and not eletrocute anyone with the extra cable

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Re: switching the cord on maytag neptune dryer

Dre, sounds like you moved and the dryer electrical outlet is only 3 pronged, This tells me that the dryer will be grounded through the neutral leg. Just hook up the cord and you should be fine. Make sure the white is in the center. Catriver.

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Electric Dryer How To Hook Up Cord pixel_trans.gifFor Three Prong Cords
the Center cord wire goes on the center terminal,
the left on the left ,
and the right on the right.

Note: There should be a ground strap or wire that runs from the center terminal to the dryer case.

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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The ground strap has been removed and has been replaced by the ground to the frame.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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