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I have to change the power cord of my dryer. the new power cord has 4 pronge. the 4 wires colors are red,white,black and green. on the dryer i have only 3 wire: red,blue,black. i want to know witch wire goes with witch colors.(ex: power cord white with blue on dryer) thanks

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    thank you very much, this solve my problem!

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    GE dryer labeled L1 L2 have colored wires which ones go where

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    i have put red to red white to middle and black to black there was already a geen one with the green screw do i take that one off and replace it with the other green wire

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    I need to know where the white wire from the machine goes, to the neutral silver connection or back to the green screw on the frame

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  • green = ground (attach directly to the case, should be a green painted screw near the opening
  • red = hot 110v connect to the red on the dryer
  • black = hot 110v connect to the black on the dryer
  • white = neutral connects to the blue (only if the blue is in the middle)
  • neutral is always in the middle with a hot wire on either side of it.
  • also make sure all the connections are tight
let me know if you need more help Mike

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