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I purchased a used older hotpoint dryer without the electrical power plug, I then bought the required plug and installed it matching the colour code and grounded the ground wire. When I started the dryer, it had a burning smell which could be many things. I immediately shut off the breaker. Do you have any ideas to what the potential problem or problems could be?

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Neutral and earth wire has got interchanged so oly u are getting burning smell if its correct then inside the dryer dust would have been formed or any coil inside the dryer would have got shortcircuited

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How do you connect the LG DLEX5101V Dryer to the electrical outlet on the wall if there is no cord to plug in?


There are a couple of types of plugs in homes - and the dryer manufacturer use this excuse to not ship a cord with the dryer - profiting that much more. You'll need to purchase a cord set for your dryer. Assuming you live in the U.S., that means you need a 30 amp 240 volt cord. That's easy enough, but it does get harder.

Most homes have an outlet that has three slots in it - like the one below:
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A 240 volt, 30 amp, 3 wire dryer plug.

New homes have a safer, 240 volt 30amp 4 wire plug. They look like the one below:
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A 240 volt, 30 amp, 4 wire dryer plug.

The code states that when a dryer is purchased it should be connected via a 4 wire cord. This means if you have the older, 3 wire outlet - it will have to be changed along with the entire length of cable between the electrical panel and the outlet (the new outlet needs a 4 wire cable - the older plug was supplied by a 3 wire cable).

Those are the rules. Many people opt to purchase the older 3 wire cords so that they can connect directly to the 3 wire outlet already installed in their home. As an electrician, I have to caution you on doing that. It is a violation of the electrical code as it has been identified as an unsafe condition. The code hopes to rectify this by slowly requiring new dryers to be wired with 4 wire cords and making the homeowner upgrade the old 3 wire outlet to a newer, safer 4 wire outlet. Of course, no one will come to see what you had and if you changed it, etc.

Mose hardware stores, Home Depot, Lowes, etc. sell these cords for under $20. Make sure you choose a 30 amp dryer cord - and not the similar looking but thicker 50 amp stove or range cord.

I hope this helps & good luck! Please rate my reply.

Mar 22, 2011 | LG Dryers

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Our whirlpool Duet dryer has three prong plug and home has four prong outlet. Do we change the cord or the outlet?


You should change the plug at the wall. From your description, your dryer plug has two hot wires and a ground.

Your existing plug probably has 4 wires to it - two hots (120 volts each), a neutral (white), and a ground (green). The two hots are probably black or black and some other color.

You will need to match the plug on your dryer cord with the plug at the wall. The type of plug required should be described in your owner's manual. If you don't have that, then take a digital picture of the plug on the cord of your dryer and bring it to your local hardware or home improvement store. They should be able to match the companion wall plug for you.

Make sure the power is off (important). Remove the existing wall plug. When you wire it back up - this time with only three wires, connect the two hots (black and some other color) to the two hot prongs (terminals) and the green wire to the ground prong. Put a wire nut on the end of the white wire and tuck it back into the connection box. That's it. Turn the power back on and test for proper voltage and wiring configuration at the wall plug before you plug the dryer back in.

If you aren't familiar or comfortable with working on electrical apparatus, you should have a licensed electrician do this work for you. This solution also assumes you are in the USA.

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Dryer did not come with electrical cord so I bought one.


The following link explains how to correctly install a power cord on your dryer:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575913-installing_a_220_vac_appliance_cord

The main difference between the 3-wire and 4-wire configuraiton is how the Neutral (WHITE) wire and Ground (GREEN or BARE COPPER) wire are terminated on the terminal block in the back of the dryer:

- In a 3-wire configuration, these two wires are connected together via a ground strap at the terminal block.

Terminate the wires at the terminal block by matching the corresponding colors:

RED to RED (HOT) 120VAC
BLACK to BLACK (HOT) 120VAC
WHITE to WHITE (Neutral) 0VAC - Neutral should also have a ground strap attached that grounds it to the equipment cabinet or ground lug.

NOTE: Newer homes built after the year 2000 REQUIRE a 4-wire configuration to be in complaince with the National Electric Code. In addition, some newer appliances may not work correctly without a 4-wire power cord.

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

Dec 23, 2009 | Kenmore 62602 Electric Dryer

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The dryer had,a 4 prong plug,but my plug in,is 3 prong,so I put my old cord on it,the dryer spins but doesn't heat.do I need too switch plug in?


The following link explains how to correctly install a power cord on your appliance:

http://www.fixya.com/support/r3575913-installing_a_220_vac_appliance_cord

The main difference is how the Neutral (WHITE) wire and Ground (GREEN or BARE COPPER) wire are terminated on the terminal block in the back of the dryer:

- In a 3-wire configuration, these two wires are connected together via a ground ******** the terminal block.

- In a 4-wire configuration these two wires are independent of each other are NOT terminated together. Neutral is terminated at the terminal block and ground is terminated to theequipment cabinet via a ground lug.

NOTE: Newer homes built after the year 2000 REQUIRE a 4-wire configuration to be in complaince with the National Electric Code. In addition, some newer appliances may not work correctly without a 4-wire power cord. You want to refer back to your installation instructs to verify your power requirements.

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

Dec 13, 2009 | Amana DLE330RAW Electric Dryer

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My whirlpool wt87882 electric dryer has no power.


The following link explains how to properly install a power cord to an electric dryer:

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

The primary difference between the three-wire and four-wire configuration is how the Neutral and Ground wires are terminated.

In a 3-wire configuration these two wires are terminated together at the terminal block (usually via a grounding strap).

In a 4-wire configuration these two wires are independent of each other. DO NOT terminate these two wires together if using a 4-prong plug. Neutral (WHITE) is terminated at the terminal block. Ground will be terminated on the equipment cabinet somewhere (usually by a ground lug).

NOTE: If your home currently uses a 4-wire outlet, you are required to use a 4-wire plug to be within the National Electric Code (NEC) standards. In addition, if the wires on the power cord or terminal block are not color coded, the outer two wires are your HOT leads. The middle wire is Neutral.

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

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Kenmore electric dryer - plug too big for outlet


you need a 240 outlet box installed the only dryers that run on 120 are gas dryers you purchased an electric dryer and it needs 240 volts. you need to talk to your landlord and ask him or her to have a 240 outlet installed for you

Dec 29, 2008 | Home Maid CD250UT Dryer

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New Dryer was purchased -- Tenant tells me he now requires higher voltage


Hello Paulcolletti,
I am not sure what you mean with your question.. Electric dryers typically use either 3 pole or 4 pole plugs that mate with the corresponding receptacle. If you already had an electric dryer there before, you need to make sure your power cord matches the receptacle. If it does not, most home goods stores ( like Home Depoit/ Lowes) and others carry the molded cord sets for that application and are reasonably easy to install. I fail to understand the low voltage versus high voltage comment as it pertains to a dryer. Please elaborate on this and maybe I can assist with a solution.. Good Luck...

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Conecting a 220w plug into a standar wall plug


If you are using an elctric ( not a gas) dryer then never try to plug the power cord of that drywr into a 220VAC wall receptacle. It isn't rated for the appropriate current that the dryer requires..However if yiou have a dryer that operates the contro system and is NOT a Gas dryer than you will need the proper plug end that matches the receptacle on your wall. Most harware stores should carry the right plug. I do not know what country you wrote your problem from and there are different power grids throughout. In general though, if you do have the right plug that matches your wall receptacle and it has 3 prongs... the two side prongs are normally the power and the disimilar prong is ground.. Can't help you with any additional details without knowing what you are confronted with..

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