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I have a 4 wired pig tail...dryer has 3 terminals...can I connect the ground wire to the neutral terminal?

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Match the red to red, black to black, white to center. Remove the green from the center terminal that connects to the case and terminate it back on the center white terminal. Hook the green from the cord to the cabinet where you removed the green from in previous step. Be sure the black and red wires are on the outside terminals!

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It is your responsibility
 To contact a qualified electrical installer.
 To be sure that the electrical connection is adequate and in
conformance with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA
70-latest edition and all local codes and ordinances.
The National Electric Code requires a 4-wire supply
connection for homes built after 1996, dryer circuits involved
in remodeling after 1996, and all mobile home installations.
A copy of the above code standards can be obtained from:
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60 Hz., AC only electrical supply (or 3 or 4 wire, 120/208 volt
electrical supply, if specified on the serial/rating plate) on a
separate 30-amp circuit, fused on both sides of the line. A
time-delay fuse or circuit breaker is recommended. Connect
to an individual branch circuit. Do not have a fuse in the
neutral or grounding circuit.
 Do not use an extension cord.
 If codes permit and a separate ground wire is used, it is
recommended that a qualified electrician determine that the
ground path is adequate.
Electrical Connection
To properly install your dryer, you must determine the type of
electrical connection you will be using and follow the instructions
provided for it here.
 If local codes do not permit the connection of a neutral ground
wire to the neutral wire, see "Optional 3-wire connection"
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within the dryer. If the dryer is installed with a 4-wire electrical
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Match the correcsponding wire colors at the terminal block and make sure the grounding strap (if installed)on the Neutral (White) terminal is removed. The ground wire will be connected separately to a ground lug on the equipment cabinet.

NOTE: If the wires are not color coded, the outer two wires (left and right) are the HOT leads. The center conductor is Neutral.

If you have any questions, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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The main difference between a 3-wire and 4-wire configuration is how the ground and neutral wires are terminated.

In a 3-wire configuration the wires are terminated together at the terminal block via a ground strap.

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The color codes are as follows:

RED - HOT (120 VAC)
BLACK - HOT (120 VAC)
WHITE - NEUTRAL (0 VAC)
GREEN - GROUND

You simply match the corresponding colors with the wires present at the terminal block on the back of the dryer. In a 3-wire configuration, however, neutral and ground are connected together. This is done by connecting the ground wire from the equipment cabinet to the neutral wire at the terminal block.

In a 4-wire configuration these two wires are INDEPENDENT of each other and are not connected.

Please note that in homes built after the year 2000 it is REQUIRED to have a 4-wire configuration to be within the National Electrical Code.

If the wires at the terminal block are not color coded, Red and Black will be connected to the outer two terminals (left and right) of the terminal block, while neutral will be connected to the center terminal.

If you need more guidance, the following link explains:

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If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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http://www.fixya.com/support/r793520-3_prong_4_prong_power_cord_conversion

Take note of the difference between a 4-wire and 3-wire configuration. The color codes for both installations are as follows:

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The main difference between the two configurations is how the Neutral wire and Ground wire is installed.

In a 3-wire configuration ground and neutral are connected together at the terminal block.

In a 4-wire configuration ground and neutral are INDEPENDENT of each other. Neutral is terminated at the terminal block, while ground is terminated on a ground lug on the equipment cabinet.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope you find this information helpful.

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Make sure that the dryer is disconnected from the wall outlet before doing any repairs on it. Electric dryer work on 240 volts AC and this could hurt or even kill you. loose connection on the terminal block will cause the wires to get hot. and melt the terminal block and wires and the pig tail wires. you will have to replace the terminal block and pig tail wires and make sure you use the correct bolts and make sure you tighen them. let me know if this helps.krazytech

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