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I bought a used dryer, model gler341as2 which has a 4 prong cord and the outlet in my apt is a 3 prong outlet, is there a resolution?

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  • jonathan1197 Feb 01, 2010

    I did buy a 3 prong cord but just wanted to make sure it was safe to make the switch

  • jonathan1197 Feb 01, 2010

    useful info, puts my mind at ease

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Yes you need to replace the plug with a 3 prong. You can get the cord at any hardware store. Here is how to wire it to the dryer. You will have to gold wire ends and one silver/chrome wire end. The gold goes to the left then the silver/chrome then the gold again. It does not mater what gold wire goes to what side. Lokk at link below.

http://www.american-appliance.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsPath=10&newsdesk_id=5

http://www.wikihow.com/Wire-an-Electric-Dryer

Posted on Feb 01, 2010

  • Jyackle5
    Jyackle5 Feb 01, 2010

    Yes it is safe to change the cord. You do not have to have a ground wire with the dryer. The neutral wire acts as a ground.

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