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My electrical plug on my dryer is not the same for the wall outlet, can i change the cord

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Yes most hardware stores carry the plug about $10-30

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

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I have a 3 prong wall mount outlet for my dyer and want to put in a 4 prong. how do I do it?


Veronica,
If you are talking about the outlet you plug your dryer into, that would require an certified electrician to make the change since that is covered by electrical codes. If you are talking about changing the pigtail on the dryer, you could do that yourself. Just remember to take the brass strip off that goes from the middle of power cord block to the ground. You have to separate the neutral from the ground in a four wire situation. Hope this helps!

Mar 06, 2015 | Dryers

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I have a Frigidaire FAFS4473LW Steam Washer- 3 prong. I moved into a new place with a 4 prong. Do I need a 4 prong cord, or can I change the 4 prong adapter on the wall?


Hi nancy huerta...

You can change the cord or the receptical...
It will be easier to change the cord...
Purchase a four prong plug cord that will fit into your receptical, then wire your dryer for 4 wire instead of three wire use.
To see a picture and explanation of how to wire your dryer for a 4 wire plug go to the following webpage.
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http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/switch-outlet/dryer-circuit-wiring-and-hookup.php

Sep 06, 2011 | Frigidaire GLER331A Electric Dryer

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I have a lg dryer with a 220 electric hook up plug and in my house there is only a 110 electrical outlet. is there any way I can just change out the cord to a 110 electric cord and use it?


No. the new dryers have to have a 220V power. You first have to replace or add a 220 outlet on the wall that matches the connector on the dryer.

Jun 26, 2011 | LG Dryers

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How do you connect the LG DLEX5101V Dryer to the electrical outlet on the wall if there is no cord to plug in?


There are a couple of types of plugs in homes - and the dryer manufacturer use this excuse to not ship a cord with the dryer - profiting that much more. You'll need to purchase a cord set for your dryer. Assuming you live in the U.S., that means you need a 30 amp 240 volt cord. That's easy enough, but it does get harder.

Most homes have an outlet that has three slots in it - like the one below:
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A 240 volt, 30 amp, 3 wire dryer plug.

New homes have a safer, 240 volt 30amp 4 wire plug. They look like the one below:
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A 240 volt, 30 amp, 4 wire dryer plug.

The code states that when a dryer is purchased it should be connected via a 4 wire cord. This means if you have the older, 3 wire outlet - it will have to be changed along with the entire length of cable between the electrical panel and the outlet (the new outlet needs a 4 wire cable - the older plug was supplied by a 3 wire cable).

Those are the rules. Many people opt to purchase the older 3 wire cords so that they can connect directly to the 3 wire outlet already installed in their home. As an electrician, I have to caution you on doing that. It is a violation of the electrical code as it has been identified as an unsafe condition. The code hopes to rectify this by slowly requiring new dryers to be wired with 4 wire cords and making the homeowner upgrade the old 3 wire outlet to a newer, safer 4 wire outlet. Of course, no one will come to see what you had and if you changed it, etc.

Mose hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. sell these cords for under $20. Make sure you choose a 30 amp dryer cord - and not the similar looking but thicker 50 amp stove or range cord.

I hope this helps & good luck! Please rate my reply.

Mar 22, 2011 | LG Dryers

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Our whirlpool Duet dryer has three prong plug and home has four prong outlet. Do we change the cord or the outlet?


You should change the plug at the wall. From your description, your dryer plug has two hot wires and a ground.

Your existing plug probably has 4 wires to it - two hots (120 volts each), a neutral (white), and a ground (green). The two hots are probably black or black and some other color.

You will need to match the plug on your dryer cord with the plug at the wall. The type of plug required should be described in your owner's manual. If you don't have that, then take a digital picture of the plug on the cord of your dryer and bring it to your local hardware or home improvement store. They should be able to match the companion wall plug for you.

Make sure the power is off (important). Remove the existing wall plug. When you wire it back up - this time with only three wires, connect the two hots (black and some other color) to the two hot prongs (terminals) and the green wire to the ground prong. Put a wire nut on the end of the white wire and tuck it back into the connection box. That's it. Turn the power back on and test for proper voltage and wiring configuration at the wall plug before you plug the dryer back in.

If you aren't familiar or comfortable with working on electrical apparatus, you should have a licensed electrician do this work for you. This solution also assumes you are in the USA.

Jan 01, 2010 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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My dryer has the wrong 3 prongs plug on it that are curved and the outlet in my wall is straight how do i change the cord


Don't change the cord, you need the correct twist-and-lock wall receptacle installed.

It is 220 volts dryer.

Dec 06, 2009 | Whirlpool GEW9250 Electric Dryer

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Changing a 3 prong plug into a regular outlet plug.


Your plug is for 220v and a regular wall outlet is 110volts. It simply will not work. You will burn out your dryer, and place yourself at risk of electrocution.

Nov 03, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MDE6800A Electric Dryer

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Is there an adapter for a 4-prong plug to fit a 3-prong 220


they dont sell adapters like that..you have to change the cord and it wont hurt the dryer at all

Jan 29, 2009 | Maytag PYE2300AY Electric Dryer

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My dryer plug is 4 and the electrical plug in the wall is 3


There is no "adapter" per se, you MAY be able to swap to a 3-wire cord, however that may be against local code. The only other option in that case would be to have a qualified electrician install the newer 4-wire outlet. You need to find out what you local codes are with regard to this issue. If you do change to a 3-wire cord to macth that outlet, it is critical that it be installed correctly.

Dec 14, 2008 | GE DSXH43EAWW Electric Dryer

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