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I'm changing from a three prung to a four prung outlet

I want to ensure the the ground, neutral and hot wire are in the correct order. The new electrical cord is color coded but the dryer is not

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Here is a pic if you need. white is in the middle

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My plug is a three prung plug and the dryer is a four prung plug what colors goto what on a three prung


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Here is a tip that will help you with changing your dryer plug.


Dryer Cord and Wiring Dryer 3 Wire or 4 Wire




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Aug 17, 2010 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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There could be two situations for you. For the wall outlet, you may have a four prong plug or a three prong plug. For a three prong plug the outlet has three prongs and the terminals inside match up with these prongs. The two slanted prongs on the top are the hot terminals and the red and black wires get connected to these (order doesn't matter but keep the wires matched up with the terminals on the same sides). The white wire is connected to the "L" shaped prong, the third lower prong. The bare copper wire is just bent out of the way. At the dryer for the three prong there will be three terminals 2 hot and one neutral. Usually, your dryer cord will have the neutral as the middle wire, but pay attention if your cord wires are color coded (where white will be your neutral wire). At the dryer there is a terminal which is connected to the frame of the dryer by a piece of metal. This is your neutral, connect your neutral wire from your cord up to this. The other two wires get connected to the other two terminals (order doesn't matter but keep the wires matched up with the terminals on the same sides). For the four prong its very similar but there is a small change, that bare copper wire is now used. The terminals on the wall outlet will line up with the prongs. The two vertical terminals on the left and right are your red and black wires. The "L" shaped prong is your white wire. Now the fourth prong, the one shaped like a semi circle is the terminal you connect that bare copper wire up to that is your ground. At the dryer for the cord (If its a four prong cord your wires should definitely be color coded). The terminal that had a connection to the dryer frame now will no longer have one. The terminal thats connected to the frame you connect the green wire to. The terminal that was connected to the "green wire terminal' is now the neutral terminal and your white wire gets connected to it. The other two terminals are where your connect your last two wires.

May 10, 2010 | Dryers

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Can i switch the plug on my dryer


If you change the plug on your dryer to a three prong and plug it in that way it will work, however it will not be up to the latest electrical codes where the dryer needs to have its own ground, not share that ground with a neutral. I would recommend running a new wire 10/3 with ground with a new four prong outlet (note: if you already have the 10/3 wire there you can just as easily change the outlet; red and black are hot wires, white is your neutral, and the bare copper is your separated ground) . However if you would like to just change the plug to a three prong you have to make sure your ground bar is tied to your neutral bar and there you only have three wires, 2 hot and one neutral.

May 03, 2010 | GE DBXR463EBWW Electric Dryer

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The dryer has a four prong male plug and the outlet is a three prong female - which do I change? the dryer cord is the easiest, but how do I connect the leads?


4 PRONG PLUG WIRING: 2 HOTS(RED&BLACK) 1 NEUTRAL(WHITE) 1 GROUND(GREEN). 3 PRONG PLUG WIRING: 2 HOTS&1 NEUTRAL. YOU MUST USE 2 HOTS & 1 NEUTRAL ON A 3 WIRE PLUG. THE GROUND WIRE(GREEN) WHICH IS HOOKED TO FRAME OF THE DRYER IS NOT USED ON OLDER 3 WIRE PLUGS. IT IS AN ADDITIONAL SAFTEY GROUND ON NEWER MODEL 4 WIRE PLUGS.

Dec 25, 2009 | Maytag Atlantis MDE7400AY Electric Dryer

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The plugin on my dryer has the terminals going in a slant. the outlet in my house are straight. what should i do


You can purchase a dryer main power cord that fits the type outlet you have. Some cords are three wire and some are four wire. Here is some information on changing from a three wire to a four wire configuration or vice versa.These two pictures illustrate the power wiring on a the terminal of an electric dryer. The one on top/left is the old-style three-wire configuration. Most people have this type in their homes. New code changes, though, require that dryers now have a four-wire cord, shown on the right/bottom.
Besides the number of wires in each cord, there are two important things to notice. First, in the four-wire configuration, notice that the dryer's grounding strap is folded back on itself. The whole point of the four-wire cord is to separate the ground from the neutral. The green wire (the "new" extra wire in the four-wire cord) is attached to the dryer cabinet. In the three-wire configuration, the grounding strap is left intact and the neutral and ground are tied together.


Sure hope this helped and best wishes.


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Oct 15, 2009 | Maytag Neptune MDE5500AY Electric Dryer

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Changing from a 3 prong to a four prong


grasshopper_2.gifWiring in a new power cord for your electric dryer? Upgrading your electric dryer outlet from the old three-prong to the new four-prong outlet? Well, grab hold of those two large lumps at the base of your spinal cord and let's romp through the wild and wacky world of dryer cords and outlets.

tn_3cord_dryer_terminal.jpgtn_4cord_dryer_terminal.jpgThese two pictures illustrate the power wiring on a the terminal of an electric dryer. The one to the left here is the old-style three-wire configuration. Most people have this type in their homes. New code changes, though, require that dryers now have a four-wire cord, shown to the right. These are just just thumbnail pictures that you can click for a larger view. But I'll bet you already figured that out, didn't you?
Besides the number of wires in each cord, there are two important things to notice. First, in the four-wire configuration, notice that the dryer's grounding strap is folded back on itself. The whole point of the four-wire cord is to separate the ground from the neutral. The green wire (the "new" extra wire in the four-wire cord) is attached to the dryer cabinet. In the three-wire configuration, the grounding strap is left intact and the neutral and ground are tied together.
tn_3prong_dryer_outlet.jpgtn_4prong_dryer_outlet.jpgIf you need to re-wire the outlet, these pictures will explain the anatomy of the three-prong (left) and four-prong (right) outlets. Once again, these pictures are just thumbnails--click 'em for a larger view.

Sure hope this helps you find a resolution to your delimma! Best wishes.

Jul 23, 2009 | Dryers

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the 4 prong cord should be connected id follows,the white wire to the middle terminal,the red wire on right terminal,the black wire on left termanal,the green wire grounded to cabinet,let me know more,do you have a meter?mike

Apr 19, 2009 | Dryers

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From three prong to four prong


Hello There,

your hooking up 2 Hots 1 Neutral and 1 Ground

240v

you need to consult a electrician for reason that 240 is a very high voltage and will kill you.

your outlet has to match your plug and how its wired into the Panel

Double Pole Breaker 50amp no less

2 hots go to breaker from outlet red / black
1 neutral goes to neutral bus bar in panel from outlet
1 ground goes to ground bus bar in panel from outlet

that equals your four wires

Mar 20, 2009 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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Used kenmore stackable washer and dryer P/N 145781-000A


was the machine working when you bought it? if there's 240 available, then a problem is in the machine NOT your wiring. both motors, the dryer and wash motor may be 240 volts OR 120 volts - a hot leg to ground. the feeder should be a four wire because the white is the neutral and the ground an equipment ground. at the panelbox both the equip gnd and white terminate at the neutral bus.

Sep 10, 2007 | Washing Machines

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Electric Dryer


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.

Jun 09, 2007 | LG DLE2514 Electric Dryer

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