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Need new power cord. guy at home depot said 4 wire would work. where do i put green ground wire

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You put the green in same place as the white wire. White is neutral and green is ground, or you can ground the green to the screw that the holds the cover on.

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I have estate dryer by whirlpool that came with a 3 prong cord and I changed it 4 prong because my outlet is ,4 and on my dryer I dont have a bonding strap but a green ground wire connected to the middle...


no,you need to connect the green wire to any metallic part of the dryer,even if the white wire on the neutral terminal has a bonding strap from this terminal to the metallic dryer case as you should never connect more than one wire under any type of terminal unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer

Apr 20, 2012 | Whirlpool Dryers

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I am changing the 4 wire on my 2 yr old maytag dryer to a 3 wire to fit the recptical in my new house. Other then the 2 hots and 1 neutral connection, my dryer also has a white ground wire off to the side,...


So you have an, ahem... problem....you have a Code compliant dryer (with it's 4 wire cord and plug)....and have moved into an older home that is not Code compliant (with it's 3 prong receptacle outlet)....and this is fairly common.

At this point - you have two choices....replace the wiring from the dryer's breaker to the receptacle with all new 8/3 with ground romex (it more then likely only has 8/2 with ground now)....and replace the receptacle with a 4 prong grounding receptacle to match your dryer's cord....OR - as an alternative - you can replace the cord on your dryer with a 3 prong cord to match the existing dryer receptacle outlet.

Out of the 2 choices....the first one will bring the old wiring in the home up to current Codes (all NEW homes must have this 4 wire/4 prong set-up per Code...but older homes are grand-fathered)...but it is clearly the most involved, time consuming and most costly approach...and it is recommended only an electrician do this work. If this approach is taken....your dryer cord can stay as is...it will now fit the new receptacle outlet with no modifications.

The second approach - is to pick up a 3 wire 3 prong cord at your local hardware store to match the existing 3 prong receptacle.....and replace the 4 wire cord on your dryer with it. Although this is the least desireable - it is an allowed approach because this is an older home with existing wiring. This is a much less involved approach...all you need to buy is the 3 wire dryer cord (they come all ready to go) remove the 4 wire cord and install the 3 wire cord to your electrical connections at the back of the dryer. Hopefully...when the 4 wire cord was installed on your dryer, the ground strap wasn't removed completely (this is a metal strap that will connect the white wire to the metal frame of the dryer)...because now you will need to re-use the ground strap. For more on this....see the images of the differences of the 3 wire and 4 wire dryer hook-up at:
http://www.applianceaid.com/general.html#3to4

NOTE: the only real difference between the 3 wire cord and the 4 wire cord is now the white neutral and the ground are kept seperate in a 4 wire..the green ground will connect directly to the dryer frame....where in a 3 wire there is no seperate ground wire - ground and neutral are one and the same...the ground strap connects the frame to the white neutral. The 4 wire permits a better safety measure...in the event of an electrical problem (ground fault) in the dryer...the fault now has a seperate path to your panel's ground...and less chance of a shock from touching the metal frame of the dryer.

The choice of how to proceed is up to you....if you go with completely updating the dryer wiring from the breaker outward...I recommend an electrician do this work for you (it's about an hour's work...plus materials). Then your exisiting dryer's 4 wire 4 prong cord can stay as is....the electrician will install a 4 prong receptacle made to fit your cord.

If you go with simply replacing the dryer's cord....changing it to a 3 wire so it will fit the receptacle...make sure the ground strap is re-utilized as seen in the images at the site above.(also make sure all work is done with the dryer breaker (or fuse if a really old home) off before starting any work. If you change the cord yourself...make sure to reconnect in exactly the same manner as the previous cord was connected...(make a note on paper or take pictures so that there are no mistakes)..and that you tighten the nuts securely to the posts once the wire lugs are on them. Where you state you do not have a background in electrical work...you can have an electrician change this cord for you...(typically in under a half-hour)....or you can do it yourself - by carefully following the pictures.

The choice is yours...if it was me - I'd change the wiring from the breaker outward...making the older home meet today's current Codes and be complaint for this dryer..and then you wouldn't need to change a thing on the dryer....but you can go either way....Codes allow this grandfathering in older homes with existing wiring.

Feb 19, 2010 | Dryers

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I have a 3 terminal electrical connector dryer and need to replace with a 4 terminal connector. I went to home depot and got a 4 terminal connector that has a balck,green,red,and white connector but when I...


The green is ground, white is neutral, red and black are both hot (L1 and L2). If you put a 4 prong pigtail on, remove the ground strap between the center post and the case. The green ground goes on the case, white neutral in the center, black or red to the left, what's left on the right. You can interchange the red and black but NOT the white or green.
For safety's sake, put the Red on the right post, white in the middle, and black on the left. The green gets grounded right to the case.

Jan 02, 2010 | Dryers

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Changing dryer plug


These two pictures illustrate the power wiring on a the terminal of an electric dryer. The one on top 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 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 helps you find a resolution to your delimma! Best wishes.


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Oct 07, 2009 | Amana NDE2335AY Electric Dryer

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I need to change the dryer power cord on my Amana NDE6800AYW dryer. The current cord is a 4 prong with four wires that are black, red, green, and white. I need a 3 prong plug and I got a cord a Home...


The two wires on either side of the power cord are your HOT leads. They are the voltage carrying conductors. These two wires will connect to the terminal block on the RED and BLACK wires. The middle wire is NEUTRAL and goes to the WHITE wire at the terminal block. Now...with a 3-wire configuration you will need to connect a grounding strap to the neutral wire and ground it to the grounding lug of the appliance. The following link explains:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r793520-3_prong_4_prong_power_cord_conversion

The main difference between 3 and 4 wire configuration is how the neutral and ground wires are installed. In a four wire configuration these two are independent of each other. In a 3 wire configuration ground and neutral are connected together.

If you have any questions about this repair, please ask me. I hope this helps you.

Jul 17, 2009 | Amana NDE6800AYW Electric Dryer

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Front loader whirlpool dryer (04') 3-prong cord; 4-prong outlet..


You'll need to get a new 4 prong cable. Connect wires as color coded now and connect the green to the frame.

Jul 16, 2009 | Whirlpool GEW9250P Electric Dryer

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I think wiring problems turned my Estate dryer into a brick.


The dryer has a jumper wire that goes from the center terminal to the case of the dryer, probably a white wire like you are talking about. When you put a 4 prong cord on, the piggy back he should have been talking about would be to take that white wire and put it back to the center pin and piggyback it with the white from the cord. Then the green wire from the cord should go to the green screw grounding the case. The idea is to seperate the grounded case from the neutral wire. With a 3 prong cord the ground and the neutral wire are the same and the neutral is tied to the case. I think it should have ran and heated for you the way it was hooked up. As long as you had the red and black on the outside terminals and the white or green in the center, it should have ran and heated. You probably have a blown fuse or bad breaker. Best thing is to check with a voltmeter and you should have 220 volts across the two outside terminals and also make sure you have 120 volts from each outside terminal to the center. You can chase your tail all day though without a meter to measure the voltage.

Jun 19, 2009 | Estate Dryers

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the green wire will attach to the dryer cabinet. The white wire will attach to the middle and the other two(red& black) will attach to the outside of the terminal block.

Good Luck!!

Feb 23, 2009 | Dryers

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I moved and the dryer worked before and now it dosn't


check the vent to make sure it is not blocked.check the vent to the outside, make sure no kinks in the vent.
check the thermal fuse to see if it is open. Just make sure dryer is unplugged.

Oct 24, 2008 | Whirlpool LER5636P Electric Dryer

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Trying to change from 3 prong to 4 prong and there are 4 wires to connect to back of dryer.


511ca90.jpg It should go something like this ; depending on the brand and age. just remember, white in the middle ; this is the most important thing.

Aug 12, 2008 | Dryers

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