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I have a 4 prong power cord coming out of my Kenmore dryer and I have a 3 prong power outlet in my wall. Can I replace the 4 prong cord with a 3 prong cord, and if so, how?

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  • Hyun Primus May 17, 2008

    I'm trying to buy a new used dryer as mine is kaput.  BUT I live in an older home that has only 3 prongs but the dryer that I'm trying to get is 4 prong  Don't really know what to do or if it worth me buying this dryer.


  • Raymond Cardona
    Raymond Cardona May 11, 2010

    model number please, the reason i ask some do some dont, also you will want to check with local codes, some require certain plugs due to grounding

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Purchase a 3 prong cord at a home improvement center. and replace your 4 prong cord. all you need is a screwdriver.

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