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It takes twice as long to dry our cloths. I just replaced the 3 prong cord with a 4 prong cord. Could I have done something wrong?

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I need to change my 3 prong to a 4 prong


Unplug the dryer then remove the terminal block cover and disconnect the 3-prong cord from the dryer. Note that the cord has red , black, and white wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can switch places. There's also a ground strap wire also connected to the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire.

Get yourself a 4-prong cord and note that it has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires but sometimes, like the 3-pronged one, the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can also switch places. All you have to do now is connect the 3 wires in the same manner they are connected as 3-prong cord to the terminal block. The ground strap wire now just need to be connected to the remaining 4th wire, the green/yellow wire instead of the center terminal together with the white (neutral) wire. Reinstall the terminal block cover and it's done.

It can be observed that converting a 3-prong cord to 4-prong cord is merely splitting the neutral line and the ground thereby increasing the number of prongs from 3 to 4 whereas, on the other hand, converting a 4-prong cord to 3-prong cord is merely joining the neutral line (white) and the ground (green/yellow) thereby reducing the number of prongs from 4 to 3.. The links below might enlighten you further on this matter.

Four-prong to Three-prong Electric Dryer Conversion
Three-prong to Four-prong Electric Dryer Conversion

Aug 21, 2011 | Kenmore Dryers

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I have a four prong clothes dryer plug that needs to go in a three prong outlet - 220v. Any ideas?


It's either you convert the 3-prong outlet to 4-prong or the 4-prong cord to 3-prong. But the latter is easier and more feasible. Unplug the dryer then disconnect the 4-prong cord from the dryer. Note that it has red, black, white, and green/yellow wires but sometimes the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray. The red and black wires are lines L1 and L2 reversibly, meaning they can switch places, while the white and green/yellow wires are the neutral line and ground, respectively.

Get yourself a 3-prong cord and note that it has red , black, and white wires but sometimes, like the 4-pronged one, the red and black wires are both replaced by same color wire, usually gray and can also switch places. All you have to do now is connect these 3 wires in the same manner they are connected as 4-prong cord to the terminal block. The wire strapped to the dryer cabinet and connected to the green/yellow wire of the 4-prong cord wire is now left hanging. The last step is to connect this hanging strap wire to the same terminal on the terminal block (center) where the white wire (neutral) is connected and it's done.

It can be observed that converting a 4-prong cord to 3-prong cord is merely joining the neutral line (white) and the ground (green/yellow) thereby reducing the number of prongs from 4 to 3. On the other hand, converting a 3-prong cord to 4-prong cord is merely splitting the neutral line and the ground thereby increasing the number of prongs from 3 to 4. The link below might enlighten you further on this matter.

Electric Dryer Prong Conversion

Aug 20, 2011 | Maytag Dryers

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I HAVE AN OLDER MODEL KENMORE DRYER MODEL NUMBER 86872800 AND A NEWER HOME HOME WITH 4 CONNECTORS DRYER HAS ROOM FOR THREE HOW DO I CONNECT NEW CORD


You have to replace the dryer's 3-prong cord to 4-prong. Get yourself a 4-prong cord then on the terminal block at the rear of the dryer, connect the wires of the 4-prong cord to where the same wire colors (red, black, and white) of the 3-prong cord connects to. The only modification needs to be done is on the green/yellow stripe wire that connects from the white wire terminal to the dryer's cabinet. Remove this wire (green/yellow stripe) from the white wire terminal then connect it to the same wire color (green/yellow stripe) of the 4-prong cord and you are done. The new wire configuration would then be red, black, and white on the terminal block and green/yellow stripe wire on the cabinet.

Jun 16, 2011 | Dryers

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How to switch 3 prong cord to a 4 cord prong.


remove cover plate and observe your old cord has 3 wires the the 2 outside one are the power/voltage 120v each one and the center is neutral...........you 4 cord has 1-black 1-red 1-white 1-green put the black and the red to the outside connections on the block white goes to the center and the green just attachs to the metal casing on the dryer if you are not completely sure get someone who is because if wrong it could cause a fire or burn something in dryer as always in all my advice if you are not sure get or pay someone who is...............fixrguy

Aug 21, 2009 | Maytag Dryers

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We have a Kenmore 70 series Electric dryer and it heats just fine and stays hot, air flow is good,(checked), however the clothes are not getting dry. My husband replaced the cord to the outlet from a 3...


Did the dryer get clothes dry in your old home with the 3 prong plug?

If so, id put the 3 prong plug back on it, and switch to outlet to a 3 prong...

Jul 10, 2009 | Kenmore 63942 Dryer

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The 4 prong to a three prong..here goes it its a cord that is 1-2-3 all facing the u that connects them, old cord off new cord on 1-2-3 one to white one to red one to black same order ...the man a t sears...


If I understand you are using the 3 prong cord now. The L shaped prong is the middle one or white. The 2 flat ones are for the red and the black. If tho original cord was 4 prong there was a ground (round prong). There should be a ground strap connecting the white post to the cabinet in the 3 post setup. Ask me to clarify if this is not clear, better to be sure than hurt..... Eric

If you had a wire incorrect it may have blown a fuse or worse depending on which wire was wrong.

Jun 17, 2009 | Frigidaire FEQ332E Electric Dryer

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Kenmore series electric dryer need to replace 3 prong w/4 prong


The following link explains how to convert a 3-prong appliance cord to a 4-prong and vice-versa:

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

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

Feb 15, 2009 | Kenmore 62802 Electric Dryer

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Change fr 3 prongs to 4


They wire in the same except the green wire will go to a ground screw which should be right in the same area with a green color to it. If no ground screw, hook the green together with the white (center) wire. Hope this helps!

Dec 27, 2008 | Frigidaire GLEQ642A Electric Dryer

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