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Had 4 prong had to switch back to 3 prong, now no heat???

Hi I moved from a newer home to a older home that has the three prong plug. I put the ground and neutral on the same block as told by my electrician father. I get it to turn on and tumble but no heat. I see that this is some other peoples same problem. I was just wondering if the switching of cords could have something to do with it. It worked fine before the move and I only moved a couple of miles so that should not have been to bad on it. Would swithcing that plug have anything to do with it, or should I go ahead and try all the other trouble shooting. It's just that I dont have a voltage meter, is there anything I can do to test this without one? Thanks

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Take a voltage reading across the RED and BLACK terminals to ensure you have 220-240VAC. It could be that you are missing one leg of the 220 service. An electric dryer requires 220 for the heating circuits to operate, but only uses 110 for the drive motor. You can perform this check in one of two ways:

1. Unplug the dryer and check at the receptacle across the two hot sockets. This will be the longer diagonal slots in the receptacle. A reading across the terminal should read 220-240VAC. If you're only getting 110-120VAC, you need to check each one to the neutral socket to determine where you're losing the voltage.

2. Unplug the dryer and remove the access panel in the rear, where the power cord plugs into. Plug the dryer in and take the same readings at the terminal block. Taking checks in this manner will also prove whether or not the power cord good or bad. CAUTION: There is live voltage present at the terminal with the dryer plugged (even with the unit turned off). Use care not to come into contact with the terminal when taking measurements.

I hope this leads you in the right direction. Please post back if you have further questions.

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