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Kenmore Dryer Model #11060932990 Proper grounding when changing 4 prong cord to 3 prong.

According to the National Electric Code, you will need to install a grounding strap from the frame to neutral in a 4- to 3-wire conversion.

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I have a Frigidaire FAFS4473LW Steam Washer- 3 prong. I moved into a new place with a 4 prong. Do I need a 4 prong cord, or can I change the 4 prong adapter on the wall?

Hi nancy huerta...

You can change the cord or the receptical...
It will be easier to change the cord...
Purchase a four prong plug cord that will fit into your receptical, then wire your dryer for 4 wire instead of three wire use.
To see a picture and explanation of how to wire your dryer for a 4 wire plug go to the following webpage.
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I need to change the four wire prong to a three wire prong on ge spectra range. Is this safe?


The 4 wire cord has only been around for a couple years for decades only 3 wire cords were used.It would be perfectly safe to use a 3 wire cord. Just be sure that on the center teminal where the white wire is that's their a link between the cord block to the cabinet if not attch a wire from center cord block to the back panel. Like they are when they leave the factory and it may have been removed when 4 wire cord was connected.oldtech2332_7.jpg

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I need to change powercord from a g & e electric ends into like a square black block,going inside dryer.

It depends on what type of cord you are changing to. I think what you're describing as a sqaure black block is the terminal block.
If your new cord has four wires, should be black, white, red, and green. If this is the case, it goes like this:
Black to the far left screw (L2)
White to the middle screw (N)
Red to the far right (L1)
Green goes to the cabinet, usually behind a green screw.
If this is the case, you're changing from a 3 wire cord to a 4 wire cord, and your 3 wire cord is still connected; then behind the middle screw is probably a strap connected underneath it. When you change to the 4 wire cord, bend and push the strap up out of the way for future use if needed. It acts as the ground for the 3 wire cord.
With the 4 wire cord, the green mounted to the cabinet acts as the ground.

If i'm wrong with the above, and you're intalling a 3 wire cord; they could all be the same color (the wires). If so, just put....
The far left wire to the far left screw.
The middle wire to the middle screw with the strap attached to it.
the far right wire to the far right screw.

I hope this is helpful, and that I havent completely misunderstood you and wasted your time. I would be glad to help any further if you need it.


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We have s maytag mdet336aym. The power cord plug does not fit our wall outlet. A person at Lowe's said we could use our old one. It has four wires: green, white, black and red from a whirlpool maybe 15...

As I understand you, you have a 4-wire receptacle in the wall and have just acquired a used dryer, that has an older, 3-wire cord attached. You need to change the dryer cord to connect to the existing 4-wire receptacle in the wall. (Dryers sold new, retail do not come with a cord attached so I assume that this must be a used dryer with an existing cord).

If this dryer has a 3-wire cord attached, it MUST be replaced with a newer 4-wire cord, per the National Electrical Code, as you have a 4-wire receptacle. (However I see no reason that you could not use your existing 4-wire cord from your soon-to-be-replaced dryer, if it's still in good shape).

In older dryers, wired with an existing 3-wire cord, there is usually a metal link provided between the center lug (the neutral lug) and a ground connection on the metal chassis. If it's present, this link MUST BE REMOVED WHEN CONNECTING A 4-WIRE CORD. This is very, very, very important.
The reason is, under a fault condition, current could be carried by the neutral conductor (in a 220-volt circuit, the white wire carries the neutral or unbalanced current. There is no neutral in a 120-volt circuit, even though some people think there is).
The presence of this current can be shunted onto the metal frame of the dryer, making it hot to earth ground (until the circuit breaker pops) and providing a possible shock hazard to a person touching the dryer). Removing this link, removes this potential hazard.

When wiring a 4-wire cord, the white wire in connected to the center lug, the two black conductors (could be a black and a red) are connected to either of the lugs on either side of the center lug, and the green conductor is connected to the metal cabinet. (Once you have the metal junction box cover removed from the dryer, you will see a screw driven into the metal cabinet provided to connect the green wire).

Again, when using a 4-wire cord, there must be no connection between the metal cabinet and the neutral connection through the use of a metal link. It must be removed and discarded.

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The cord need to be changed from a 4 prong cord, 4 wire to a 3 prong cord, 3 wire 220V. which of the connections do i connect to?

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Need to change from 3 prong cord to

disconnect the green or brass ground strap from the terminal block to the body then wire the new plugs three colors the same as the old then connect the green from the plug strait to the body. on a 3 wire the dryer is grounded through the neutral, on a 4 wire the ground goes to the body.

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Need to change power cord on maytag dryer from 3 prong to 4

Always disconnect electricity before beginning this process.

All the 4 wire cords I have seen are color-coded. The white wire goes to the middle terminal, the green wire goes to any screw you can reach that goes into the metal case of the dyer. The red and black go to the outside terminals of the block and while it doesn't matter which color goes to which terminal I usually follow the color code of the interior dryer wiring that already exists. Good Luck.

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