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Won't start I have a GE DBSR453EBWW and it wont start. I've tested for power at cord connection to dryer. Both legs of wire are hot (123v) ground and neutral both good. what's your best guess? Thanks in advance.

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  • picard1 Jun 18, 2008

    240 V at the dryer, but it will not start.



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I moved. I changed the pigtail on the dryer. Now the dryer wont start but the light comes on when I open the door. I reset all the breakers.

Hello. Test the receptacle. If one of the hot leads isn't hot (120 volts), The light may come on, but the dryer may not operate. With breakers that throw two switches at one time (one to each bus bar, 120 volts each), it is possible that one side may be defective, or simply did not reset. If the receptacle is found to not have power on one of the hot leads, go back and reset the breaker several times. You can also test the output of the breaker with a volt meter, but extreme caution should be used if working behind the shield in a breaker box. You may have to go there anyway if the breaker is bad.
If all of this tests good, the next thing to check would be your wiring connections at the back of the dryer. Make sure that the outside leads of the pigtail are connected to the hot legs and the two inside leads are connected to the common and the ground lugs. If the receptacle tests out properly, you can also test the voltage at the dryer terminals. It could be as simple as a bad cord. It happens, rarely, but it does.
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How to change your dryer from 3 wire to a 4 wire power cord. (short and simple)

Dryers come with a wire or metal strap connecting the center "neutral" terminal to the frame of the dryer. When using a four wire power cord, take that wire or strap off the frame. (it can be discarded or better yet, in case this dryer needs to ever be converted back to a three wire cord) connect the frame end of the wire / strap to the center terminal of the power block. Now, Green (ground) wire goes to the dryer frame, White (neutral) goes to the center terminal, and the Red and Black (both "hot") wires go to either outside terminal. (one to each)

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I have a whirlpool eltri dryer model #Lhe5700w0 it as a 4 prong recptacle and my otlet hasonly three slots

you have two options you can either replace the outlet on the wall to a 4 prong plug which will require turning power off and a little more description on how to change ... you have 2 hot legs usually black and red sometimes they will use black and the white and then connect the ground to the ground terminal... you would install the 4 prong outlet the same way except you would conect the ground to the center port and then ground the receptacle itself...
the easiest thing to do is go to a local hardware store and buy a three prong cord and in the rear of your dryer is a access panel to replace the cord... the 2 outer screws are your hot legs if you hold the cord flat you will see it is made where you can tell which wire is what, doesnt matter which is which as long as the 2 outer one are the two outer ones on the cord and the center wire goes to the center screw and then all you have to do is plug it in and start drying clothes.... good luck to you

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I am looking for information in understanding the proper connecting of the 4 legs of a power cord's legs to the machines recepticles? There are no color identifiers for the Red, White and Black lines...

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If the wires at the terminal block have no colored wires, the outer two conductors (left and right) are the two hot leads. The center conductor is neutral. Ground should be self-explanatory. Ground and neutral are NOT terminated together in a 4-wire configuration. Make sure you attach the ground to the ground lug on the appliance equipment cabinet. If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Dryer has power won't start cycle Hi - The light goes on inside the dryer, but when I close the door and select start nothing happens.

If that doesn't do it, (door switch), then check underneath the top and look for the thermal overload switch. Bypass it and see if it runs. If not, then start back at the wiring at the receptacle and then follow to the terminal block located in the back of the dryer. You could be getting power to the receptacle but it may stop there because of a loose wire. You could have lost a leg of power.

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I assume ( but don't know) that you are replacing an existing dryer... That said, then you need to match the cord ( 3 prong or 4 prong) with what you currently have for a receptacle. A 3 prong uses two hot feeds ( red and black) and a Neutral ( white). A 4 prong uses the same as the 3 prong but also includes a Green wire for Ground. Get back to me if you need wiring details or if I have NOT answered your question. Hpe this helps.

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White is the neutral circuit and it goes to the center connection of the terminal block on the dryer. Red and Black are "hot" wires and they go to the connectors on the ends of the block, doesn't matter which color is on which side. Green is the ground and it goes to the cabinet ground.
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