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I changed my dryer power chord from 4 to 6 feet. I have all the correct wires hooked up. There is a pigtail coming off the dryer power bar. As a result, I have this loose white wire flopping around. My dryer engages for about a second, but then cancels all power, and the display goes dark. Help!

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That wire flopping around is probably the ground wire and needs to be hooked up, it's probably grounding out the power for the control.

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