Question about Hotpoint Dryers
The difference between a 3 and 4 wire cord is the 4 wire cord separates the ground and neutral, where the 3 wire grounds through the neutral. The 4 wire cord gives an extra safety against electric shock. The red and black wires on the cord go to the red and black wires on the terminal block. Then you have to determine where the green wire on the dryer goes, if it has one. Some dryers have the green wire spliced into the white wire maybe 6 inches from the terminal block. If this is the case you will hook both the green and white wires on the dryer to the nuetral (middle) terminal with just the white wire on your cord. Some dryers have a ground strap, a flat narrow peice of metal that goes from the neutral of the terminal block to the cabinet just below it. If this is the case then remove the screw securing it to the cabinet and bend it back up onto the nuetral terminal, or remove it completely. Then hook the green ground wire from the cord to the cabinet of the dryer. Make sure all of your connections are tight, but be careful not to strip them. It's also important to hook up the strain relief to prevent any possible tugs on the cord from pulling on the terminal block connections.
Posted on Jul 21, 2008
SOURCE: I have a maytag dryer
A 4 wire cord should be hooked up accordingly:
1. Black wire to either outside terminal post.
2. Red wire to the remaining outside terminal post.
3. White wire to the center terminal post.
4. Green wire to the frame screw.
Also, make certain that your breaker/fuse box is wired according to local codes. If your dryer is not properly grounded through the fuse box and the green wire is attached to the frame then, a ground wire would need to attach to the green wire and then to an earth ground. This could possibly be your 5th wire, but you need to investigate it before applying power to the dryer.
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Posted on Jul 09, 2008
SOURCE: how to install 4-wire power cord
The following link explains how to install a power cord to an electric dryer:
Please note, if this is a new construction, you need to use the 4-wire configuration. If this is an existing residence that already has a 3-wire outlet, you can continue to use it configured that way.
The main difference between the two installations is how the ground and neutral wires are terminated. In a 3-wire configuration these two wires are connected together at the terminal block. In a 4-wire conguration these two wires are independent of each other and should NOT be connected together.
Read through the link provided and let me know if you have any questions. I hope this helps you.
Posted on Oct 10, 2009
SOURCE: I have a Maytag dryer
The laws in most states are changing to where the NEC Code requires the use of this 4 prong plug. It is quite common to see this 4 prong plug installed in new apartment buildings and rental properties because of this law requirement.
So what you have is a red, black, white and green wire on the dryer side of this wire plug.
The red and the black wires are your hots (110 volts) and shall be connected on each outside screw of the drier electrical terminal and the white wire (neutral) shall be connected to the center screw.
So now you are left with an extra green wire with no place to hook it huh?
I suggest just loosing one of the drier electrical terminal mounting screws and hooking it there. The ideal here is to ground the outside body of this machine to prevent possibility of electrical shock if water is present (like a leak somewhere nearby).
In actuality this really serves no viable purpose because the white wire does exacly the same thing, just in a different manor,,, but hey,,, our law makers are not certified electricians either. They just like new ways of stimulating sales and profits.
Note: if you are in a rental property and this 4 prong wall receptical is installed, I would not suggest you remove it or change it in any manor, as this will open yourself up to possibile legal liabilities if an incident were to occur,, like fire.
Posted on Oct 11, 2009
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