We've recently moved into a new home and when we tried to connect the dryer the plug would not fit the socket in the wall. So we bought a dryer 4 wire power cord, changed out the plug and now it won't work. Please help!!
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Re: Dryer plug issues
For 3 wire Notice that there is a ground strap connected from the common center terminal to the frame of the terminal block. Place the center wire of the cord on the center terminal [ one with the ground ******** it ] and the other two wires will be placed on the outer terminals and it doesn't matter which wire goes right or left. Get the center wire of the cord right and you are in business.
for 4 wire Notice that the ground strap has been removed from the terminal block frame and folded back onto the center terminal for storage. You can see the colors of the other hookups. TIP: White always to the middle.
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You already unpluged before the wall work, so the problem is isolated from the dryer from its plug. Take off the wall socket to inspect since it may have damaged. If you have the voltmeter, measure each pair of the terminal. they should have a voltage at least 110V since it is three-phase voltage. If there is no voltage then just replace the socket. Make sure to turn main power off when you do the replacement.
Hello Patrick. dryers do not come with a cord because there are two very different and very common dryer sockets installed in homes in this country. look at your dryer socket, where you will be plugging in your new dryer. It is either a 3 hole or a 4 hole socket. IF it is a 3 hole socket then u will need a 3 hole plug. If it is a 4 hole socket you will need a 4 hole plug. The plugs are available at Sears, Home Depot, Lowes and they all come with instructions.
Open the dryer door (right
after the breaker trips) and check for a burned smell. If it smells in
the dryer, you probably have a direct short in the dryer wiring. Check for a burn smell at the wall socket. There may be a short in the socket itself, but not likely unless a mouse is lying across the contacts in the wall. If everything checks ok replace the circuit breaker if this is an older home. Circuit breakers weaken after years of use. A 30 amp circuit breaker will trip at a much lower amperage after a period of years especially if it has tripped often.
YES TAKE THE GROUND WIRE OF THE NEW PLUG AND CONNECT IT TO THE FRAME OF THE DRYER UNDER AN EXISTING SCREW OR USE A SELF TAPPING SCREW THE FOUR WIRE SYSTEM WAS PUT INTO THE CODE MOSTLY TO INSURE GOOD GROUNDING ON MOBILE HOMES AND THE METHOD WILL WOKE FINE AS I HAVE GIVEN YOU
What you should get is a new 4 wire cord. It is way less complicated than trying to change out the wall receptacle. On a 4 wire dryer cord you have White(common) in the middle. Red and Black are hot and go on either side of white. If you really want to make it look good you can put red to red on the terminal and black to black but you don't have to. Some dryers may not have those color hot wires. Green hooks to the chassis with a green screw or any screw connected directly to the frame.
unlikely a fault with dryer. try plugging another high consumption item into the socket you use for the dryer ie elec kettle or iron. see if breaker still trips and if so you have fault in socket or house wiring. if you put a plug on the dryer yourself, check you have wired plug correctly