Question about GE DCVH515GF Gas Dryer

1 Answer

Changing dryer plugs

I need to change my 3 prong plug to a 4 prong plug. My ground wire is too short to reach the grounding bolt. what do i do?

Posted by on

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,776 Answers

These two pictures illustrate the power wiring on a the terminal of an electric dryer. The one on top is the old-style three-wire configuration. Most people have this type in their homes. New code changes, though, require that dryers now have a four-wire cord, shown on the bottom.
Besides the number of wires in each cord, there are two important things to notice. First, in the four-wire configuration, notice that the dryer's grounding strap is folded back on itself. The whole point of the four-wire cord is to separate the ground from the neutral. The green wire (the "new" extra wire in the four-wire cord) is attached to the dryer cabinet. In the three-wire configuration, the grounding strap is left intact and the neutral and ground are tied together.


Sure hope this helps you find a resolution to your delimma! Best wishes.


Changing dryer plugs - 949d841.jpg67160d9.jpg

Posted on Sep 09, 2009

  • Bruce Canfield
    Bruce Canfield Sep 09, 2009

    On left is three prong and on right is four prong. Best wishes.

×

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Just moved into an older home with a 3 prong dryer receptacle. My whirlpool duet dryer model: GEW9250PL1 currently has a 4 prong cord. I have purchased the 3 prong cord and am ready to install. Very...


Hi, White, green green/white striped they are all the same....only thing you really have to worry about is that you have the red and black in the proper places...
Here is a tip that will help you with changing your dryer plug. Dryer Cord and Wiring Dryer 3 Wire or 4 Wire



heatman101

Jul 13, 2011 | Dryers

1 Answer

Changing from 3 to 4 prong. there is already a ground wire, not a bonding strap. what do i do with the ground on the new 4 prong cord?


Hi,
Here is a tip that will help you with changing your dryer plug. Dryer Cord and Wiring Dryer 3 Wire or 4 Wire



heatman101

Apr 02, 2011 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

1 Answer

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.
jahn27_132.jpg

jahn27_133.jpg

Feb 12, 2011 | Frigidaire FEQ1442ES Electric Dryer

1 Answer

Changing from 3 prong to 4 prong


The red and the black are interchangeable, they are your hot wires, but the white must go on the white that is your neutral wire. Let me explain the green wire. That is your ground. In the past the dryer would use the neutral as its grounding means if something in the dryer ever shorted out (which is a very unsafe situation), so now they decided to separate the wires and have that green wire as the ground wire which is also why there is a 4th prong on your plug. So to hook that up you need to remove the jumper that may be going from the neutral bar to the frame. There is usually a terminal for that ground wire, but if there is not you need to attach that green wire to the frame of the dryer (metal screws usually do the trick, you can also use a screw and bolt if you can find a piece of frame inside the wiring compartment).

May 03, 2010 | Maytag Neptune MDE5500AY Electric Dryer

1 Answer

The dryer has a four prong male plug and the outlet is a three prong female - which do I change? the dryer cord is the easiest, but how do I connect the leads?


4 PRONG PLUG WIRING: 2 HOTS(RED&BLACK) 1 NEUTRAL(WHITE) 1 GROUND(GREEN). 3 PRONG PLUG WIRING: 2 HOTS&1 NEUTRAL. YOU MUST USE 2 HOTS & 1 NEUTRAL ON A 3 WIRE PLUG. THE GROUND WIRE(GREEN) WHICH IS HOOKED TO FRAME OF THE DRYER IS NOT USED ON OLDER 3 WIRE PLUGS. IT IS AN ADDITIONAL SAFTEY GROUND ON NEWER MODEL 4 WIRE PLUGS.

Dec 25, 2009 | Maytag Atlantis MDE7400AY Electric Dryer

2 Answers

Need to change from 3 prong cord to


disconnect the green or brass ground strap from the terminal block to the body then wire the new plugs three colors the same as the old then connect the green from the plug strait to the body. on a 3 wire the dryer is grounded through the neutral, on a 4 wire the ground goes to the body.

Dec 02, 2009 | Dryers

Not finding what you are looking for?

Open Questions:

GE DCVH515GF Gas Dryer Logo

Related Topics:

176 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top GE Dryers Experts

John Tripp
John Tripp

Level 3 Expert

4654 Answers

JP Services
JP Services

Level 2 Expert

310 Answers

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

5126 Answers

Are you a GE Dryer Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...