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Frigadare Dryer This front load dryer has a three prong cord. How can I adapt this to a four prong outlet. I can buy a four prong outlet. It has two hot wires one neutral and one ground. Adaption method please, if one exists!

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Basic Dryer Electrical
Electric dryers in the US operate on two 110 volt A/C circuits. The two 110 volt circuits combine to deliver 220 volts A/C to the dryer heater. Frigadare Dryer - 2-dryer-plugs.gifSee the basic dryer heat circuit. The dryer motor operates on 110volts A/C. Dryer receptacles have an L-shaped neutral post. You can check the voltage to your dryer by slightly sliding the cord out of the receptacle and using the leads from a multi meter to check for voltage on the blades of the cord that slide into the receptacle. Between the left and the right blades you should read 220 volts. Between the left or right blade to the center blade (the L-shaped blade) you should read 110 volts AC. The 4-post receptacle above has the L-shaped neutral and a seperate ground. It requires a 4 wire cord and the ground wire is isolated from the neutral on the dryer.
Technicians check for voltage when the dryer is attempting to start or not heating for a very specific reason. Checking for voltage without the dryer plugged in does not tell the full story. A dryer heater uses 220 Volts and draws about 20 amps when it is heating. Checking for voltage from L1 to L 2 on a defective circuit may show 220 volts but when the heater kicks in and starts to draw 20 amps the voltage may drop off to 0 volts. Imagine the wiring to your dryer was stranded wire. Stranded wire is composed of a number of small-gauge wires bundled together to make a larger wire. What if all but one of those stands were cut and only one small wire was completing the circuit? Reading voltage at the receptacle without the dryer plugged in you would read 220 volts from L 1 to L 2. However with the dryer plugged in and the heater attempting to draw a heavy current, the electrons (current flow) would be dammed up behind the cut and only a small amount of current would pass through the wire. Certainly not enough to make the heater heat. There are a lot of things that can cause a partial circuit but the result is the same as the stranded wire example. Many a heater or dryer motor has been changed needlessly because of a loose connection in the fuse box / circuit panel or some other dryer electrical circuit problem.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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    . convert the dryer cord so that its plug is 3 prong. That way, it will fit into your 3 prong outlet.

    For this you need a 10/3 cord specifically labeled as a dryer cord. The "10" refers to the wire gauge, and the 3 refers to the number of individual wires within the cord.

    How to Convert Dryer Cord from 4 Prong into 3 Prong


    • Remove safety plate (usually attached only by 1 or 2 screws)
    • Remove old cord and restraint with a hand or cordless drill. I find that I tend to strip these softer screws with the cordless drill, and they are short enough that they can be easily unscrewed by hand. The restraint is the collar that fits tightly around the cord to hold it firm to the dryer.
    • Connect the center wire of the 10/3 cord to the center silver terminal. Turn screw in firmly but not too tight.
    • Now you have two wires remaining which are attached on either of the two terminals beside the silver terminal. It does not matter which wire goes on which terminal, as both wires are hot. Screw in firmly.
    • The hardest part is always the restraint collar. From the outside of the dryer, you need to slide the tab end of one of the collar halves into the 10/3 cord wire hole. Do the same with the other half of the collar, except on the other side of the hold. The two screws will, theoretically, easily draw the two halves together to tighten against the cord. However, the two halves of the collar never seem to be parallel, and it takes quite a bit of effort to get the screws to catch. As long as even the tips of the screws have "caught," you're good to go: turn the screws and they will slowly draw the halves together, even if the halves are not really parallel.
    • Replace safety plate

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    Starnley Johnwells Aug 20, 2008

    on the three prong unit the bottom plug will accept the neutral (white wire), the top two plugs will accept a black and red(color can vary but NEVER WHITE OR BARE COPPER). It doesn't matter which is which. The slots will most likely be labeled by each screw head as neutral or white; black, red, or line. Just follow the labels. On a four prong outlet you will still have the two hot leads(red and black), a neutral(white), and also a ground this screw will likely be green it accepts a naked wire or a green insulated wire. Maybe your best bet is to just buy a new outlet (4 prongs for four wires three prongs for three wires) as the box will have instructions on it and the outlet will still be clearly labeled.

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If you have a 3 prongs Appliance and you need to connect it to a four prongs US socket.
If this is correct you solve the problem by buying an adapter cable like this one here for $25 (click here to open).
Much better than removing and replacing the plug, as yo do not risk shorts from bad plug fitting.
You can also buy a similar product fro a local electricals' shop or from Circuit City, the smaller adapter costs about $10, $25 one is safer.
Let me know if you need more help.

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