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Dryer will not get as hot as it used to. it recently went through a move from washington to texas.....and i had to change the plug from a 4 lead to a 3 lead to fit the outlet. I need t to get hot again!!

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Make sure you made the right connections and that you put the white wire back on in the middle. If that all ok, then check your breaker box. A dryer will run on 120, but it wont heat without the full 240 volts. If your getting heat then check the exhaust, "the vent going outside". If its clogged that's your problem...good luck.

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I have a 3 prung male plug, and a 4 prung female plug. Can I switch the 3 male plug to a 4 male plug?

Hi, and yes you can, its done all of the time. You want to change the plug on the wall, not the cord. That is the way it is done. Very simple. Turn off breaker to the 4- prong. Go to any hardware store such as home depot and get the 3 prong 220 volt female plug, both are the same volts, just made for different cords is all. The male is on the cord. On the 4 prong female plug thats on the wall, just loosen all 4 screws. 2- wires are hot, either black in color, a black with a piece of white tape on it is the neutral, and a bare ground which is much smaller. When installing the 3 prong female, you will use all 4 wire to. 2- hot, ! neutral, and a screw for the small bare ground. There will be a drawing on how to connect the wires with the new plug if you are not sure. Normally, there are 3 black wires, 2 hot , 1 neutral. Some times there may be 2 blacks and 1 red. A black and red will be hot.I am sure they will all be black. The plug is marked on it. It will have L-1, L-2, N, and Ground. When you remove the 4 prong female, it will be marked the same. Be sure the power is off! L-1 and L-2 are hot, and the 3rd is N or neutral. Then the small ground. Very, very, simple to change and to know which is which. The terminals on the plug are colored also. The 2 that are copper colored are for the hot wires. The brass or silver is the neutral. And you will see the ground screw. I hope I haven't confused you, it is very easy. Just when removing the wires to the old plug on the wall, which should be a 4-prong female, the 2 wires on the right and left side of the plug are going to be the 2 hot wires. The other large black is the neutral goes to top or bottom, its marked like I said with a N. and a small bare ground. Always change the plug on the wall to fit the dryer from 3 to 4, or 4 to 3. They are both 30 amp plugs, 220 volt. Very easy, you can do this!! Please rate me on my help to you.

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Whirlpool Dryer - Model LHE 5700. My Dryer had a 3 prong plug. I recently built a house which has a 4 prong plug. I changed out the plug and connected the wires according to color. The center wire is white...

Hello David_Teresa,

Under the new Codes...all dryers (and stoves/ovens) must now be 4 wire....having a seperate neutral and ground wire in NEW construction. In decades past, the neutral was allowed to serve as both - the neutral and ground - typically by means of a solid metal strap or wire strap that bonded that connection to the metal frame of the dryer. This sounds as if it is the case in your existing dryer...which was typical.

But...the old arrangement wasn't always reliable...and a seperate dedicated ground provides a greater safety path in the event of a fault inside the dryer (lowering the chance the user may get a shock when touching the frame of the dryer).

To modify your existing 3 prong dryer over to'll need to remove the 3 wire - disconnect the ground strap (or wire) that bonds the neutral to the frame of the dryer...and install your 4 wire so that you'll have (from left to right) one hot, one neutral, one hot connection...and connect the ground directly to he frame of the dryer (there is usually a green screw near the dryer connection block for this ground)

For more on this - with an illustration, see:

When done properly, you can test for correct wiring and connection with an ohm-meter (continuity check) checking for continuity from the ground prong on the plug to the frame of the should see continuity. Then check for continuity from the neutral prong on the plug to the should NOT see continuity....nor should you see any continuity between the neutral connection at the wiring block to the metal frame.

The whole purpose of the Code change to the 4 wire is to seperate the neutral from ground to provide additional safety for the user.
Hope this helps,....

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My Dryer had a 3 prong plug. I recently built a house which has a 4 prong plug. I changed out the plug and connected the wires according to color. The center wire is white and at the top of that...

If your dryer has only 3 terminal block with a 3 wire cable as in picture on the left. And you want to add a 4 wire cable you can do one of two things
A). install the green wire to the center terminal block as Neutral (white wire) is not used. or
B.) Remove or lift the copper ground strap from the center terminal and install the Neutral (white) wire. The green wire then goes to the metal dryer enclosure. See Right picture.


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I was switching the electrical cord from a 3 prong to a 4 prong and grounded a hot wire. there was a big pop and now i cant get it to start. would i have blown it up?

WHy are you switching the cord from a 3 to a 4? If the dryer came with a 3 prong cord and its a 3 prong terminal block, then i dont think you can change it to a 4 becuase you will short circuit. DOes the terminal block where your cord was hooked up have 4 terminals. Each termial can only have one lead/wire to it. check your circiut breaker panel? Is the circiut breaker tripped?

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Dryer gets hot to the touch

If you didn't install new venting I'd start by checking the vent hose from the back of the dryer to the outside vent hood to make sure there is no blocked airflow. Could be something else but that is where I'd look first. Good Luck.

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If your dryer came with a 4-prong plug, do not change it. For the very reasons you quoted with the article, you may screw up the 110v accessories required of your appliance (like the clock or digital display). It is best to change the household outlet to a 4-prong type. Just make sure your wiring is correct. You will need a neutral on the 4th leg, which means you will probably have to run new wiring from the outlet to the distribution panel.

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