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dntbro1994 07-02-2010 06:37 PM

converting a 4 prong dryer outlet into a 3 prong
 
we have just moved into a home we are in the process of buying. Our dryer cord is a three prong and the outlet is a four prong, therefore we are needing to changed the outlet to a three prong. the problem is the wires. not sure what to do w/ the copper wire. there is a white, which is the ground wire; a neutral copper wire; and hot wires red and black. please help?!?!:eek:

nap 07-02-2010 06:56 PM

the white is the neutral and the bare or green wire is the ground wire.


what you need to do is change the cord and plug on the dryer to a 4 prong. If you look where the cord attaches to the terminals, you should see where the neutral wired connection has a bonding strip or wire that attaches to the frame of the dryer as well. That would need to be removed and the ground wire in the new cord gets attached to the dryer frame. The neutral will go to the terminal where the neutral is currently hooked up and the 2 hot wires to the terminals the hot wires are currently attached to.

DangerMouse 07-02-2010 07:18 PM

And be prepared too.... those cords and plugs cost as much as you paid for the dryer......

DM

nap 07-02-2010 07:25 PM

they can be pricey. Here is a google shopping page for 4 wire dryer cords to give you an idea.

http://www.google.com/products?q=dry...ire&hl=en&aq=f

Red Squirrel 07-02-2010 07:30 PM

Yeah I'd change the cord, the 4 prong is the newer standard, I believe. If you ever buy a new dryer it will come with a 4 prong.

nap 07-02-2010 08:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Red Squirrel (Post 464561)
Yeah I'd change the cord, the 4 prong is the newer standard, I believe. If you ever buy a new dryer it will come with a 4 prong.

If there is a 4 wire recep, they cannot legally change it to a 3 wire anyway.

kbsparky 07-02-2010 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Red Squirrel (Post 464561)
Yeah I'd change the cord, the 4 prong is the newer standard, I believe. If you ever buy a new dryer it will come with a 4 prong.

Change the cord = correct procedure.

New dryers do not come with a cord. Those are attached either by the store selling them (or their warehouse/delivery personnel), or by you (or your electrician).

I have found that many such cords are improperly wired as well. :furious:

Red Squirrel 07-02-2010 10:21 PM

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Originally Posted by kbsparky (Post 464600)
Change the cord = correct procedure.

New dryers do not come with a cord. Those are attached either by the store selling them (or their warehouse/delivery personnel), or by you (or your electrician).

I have found that many such cords are improperly wired as well. :furious:

When I bought my dryer it was already wired, so guess the store may have done it. I would guess it's not that hard if you follow the instructions. Not something you'd want to mess up. I'm guessing the motor needs 120 but the element needs 240. don't want to mix up the connections.

When I bought my house, it came with a FREE! Speed Queen dryer. Starting that thing up was like flipping the main "on" switch to a 1930's warhead factory. It was also hard wired into the panel, guess that's one way to save from worrying about an outlet and cord. :eek:

nap 07-02-2010 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by Red Squirrel (Post 464627)

When I bought my house, it came with a FREE! Speed Queen dryer. :

trust me, it wasn't free. You did pay for it somewhere.:yes:


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