Re solution offered. I'm not replaceing the cord, I'm replacing the plug. The cord has 3 wires. The middle is ground. I don't know which of the ourside wires is hot. There is no colour -coded insulation. Only black. the only difference is that one of the wires has printing on the insulation.
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Re: Which of the outside wires is the hot
One of the conductors has a rib impressed into the insulation - this is the "identified" conductor and goes on the nickel colored screw of the replacement plug. the other is the "black" or hot and goes to the brass colored screw.
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Yes, you surely can! Here's how. When you open up the back of the machine where the electric cord attaches, you will see a row of 3 screws/bolts. Your 4 wire cord has the black wire going to one of those screw/bolts. That is a HOT connection. Your cord also has a red wire attached to a screw/bolt. It too is HOT. These two hot connections are the outside two of the row of three screws/bolts. The one in the middle is a ground wire, and is white. The other, the fourth wire, usually blue or green, it is attached directly to the sheet metal of the dryer itself. It too is ground..
Now, the 3 wire cord is not color coded, it is "position" coded. The two outside wires go to the outside (in the row of 3) screw/bolts of the dryer. the middle wire is hooked to the middle ground screw. It doesn't matter whether the outside wires go to the right screw or the left screw, but never to the middle screw. By the same token, never hook the middle wire to an outside screw/bolt. You will have no fourth wire going to the sheet metal. Be blessed.
Hi, pull the unit out and take the small panel off in the back. Then once you have purchased a new power cord hook it up in the same way as the old one is. If this is a 3 prong dryer cord the 2 outside wires are the hots and the middle the neutral.
If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. Mike
if its a" flat cord" what-ever color jacketed 3 wire cord, the 2 outside wires are your 2 hot power wires they go to L1 and L2 on your dryer,the center is the N neutral wire and goes to the N terminal,usually the L1 and L2 are a gauge larger than the neutral: HINT: the center is normally neutral on both the cord and machines terminal board in the back of the dryer,there usually is a diagram on the dryer on how to install the input power at the place you hook up power
The middle wire on your new 3 prong range cord attaches to the middle post on your range. The other two wires can go to the two outside terminals, one to each post, it does not matter which wire. Make sure that you tighten the nuts or screws down very tight, as loose connections burn up in a short time. I shouldn't have to say this, but we had a customer try this with the power cord plugged in! Very, Very Dangerous! Do not plug your cord in until you have everything connected and your access panel reinstalled. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists.
This is correct. When using a three wire cord, you leave the tab in place and this ties the neutral and ground together.
With a four wire cord arrangement, you remove the tie tab. The white (neutral) wire goes to the middle terminal, and the green goes to the chassis ground. The hot wires will always be the outside leads and connect to the outside terminals.
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The three wire goes on the electricalblock on the back of your dryer just like the cord is made. If you look at the cord, it's made flat (Most 3 wire cord are made flat, Some are not) The wire in the middle goes in the middle of the block. The two wires to the outside go to the outside of the block. It makes do difference which wire goes on which side as long as the outside wires go to the outside.
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Hi. Replacing a power cord usually isn't a big deal. Locate the breaker at your main panel for the dryer (usually located at the box with the meter, outside) and trip it to the "off" position. Test the circuit by trying to make the dryer come on at the dryer control panel (it should not). Unplug the dryer and gain access to the power leads (where the cord connects to the dryer). It is probably a 3 lead cord. If so, the outside leads will be the hot leads as dryers are 220 volts with 110 volts per hot lead. The middle lead will be the ground, which is the return path from the dryer. Carefully note the position of the wires as you disconnect the cord. A diagram that you make for yourself is always helpful. Note on your drawing which wire connects to which lug and the color of the wire leaving the lug to the dryer from the terminal strip where all of the connections are. An example of this would be that the left cord wire connects to the black wire, etc. The outside "hot" wires of the cord generally will be connected to either a red or black wire in the dryer. Neutral and ground wires are generally connected neutral to white and ground to green (or directly to the frame).Buy a replacement cord (take the old one with you). Replacements are generic and you can get one from any hardware store, not just at Sears. Reconnect the cord in the same manner in which it came off. Replace the electrical cover plate previously removed. Plug in the dryer. Turn the breaker back on. Try the dryer. If anything seems/sounds/smells wrong, trip the breaker back off and re-investigate. Don't try to shut it off at the dryer. Hope that this is helpful albeit generic as it is, and thanx for using FixYa.
In a normal house, black and red are the hot wires and are wired to a circuit breaker or fuse at the panel box. White goes to the ground bar. Sometimes the white(neutral) is seperated from the ground. Sometimes they can be connected together. At the fuse box they both go to the silver ground bar. If you are attaching a cord and plug purchase one to match the outlet you have. Usually at the terminal block the hot wires are on the outside. Neutral in the middle. At the terminal block there is a metal strap or wire going from the center terminal to the frame of the stove. If the cord you have is just 3 wires leave it. If the cord you have uses 4 wires remove the strap and connect it seperately to the green or ground wire on the cord.
Yes, these cords can easily be switched. When you remove the three prong cord from the terminal block in the rear of the unit, you will wire the four prong in the same way. Black and red go to the outside terminals, white to the middle terminal, and the green wire goes to the cabinet or ground screw on the outside (usually, there is a greenish looking bolt around the terminal block door area for this to go). The only difference in a 3 and 4 prong configuration is the extra ground (green) wire. Good luck and let me know if you need further information.