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I have a 3-prong plug on a 14-year-old dryer. Now must change to 4-plug. Is that possible ... and if so, how?

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A three Prong contains L1 (Line1), L2 (Line2) and N (Neutral). A four prong will contain L1 (Line1), L2 (Line2), N (Neutral) and G (Ground) typically a green wire.
Connect the three wires as normal, connect the green wire to the screw provided on the cabinet.

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3 prong plug has 2 hot wires and 1 neutral(center) 4 prong has 1 red 1 black 1 white (neutral) and 1 green (ground)red and bleack to right and left screws white center green to cabinet ground (green screw with wire attached beside wire connections) also probably instructions with new plug ..yes you can

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