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denbo13 11-02-2012 11:55 AM

Ground wire on old Maytag dryer
 
I have a Maytag dryer that is approximately 20 years old. Trying to convert it to a 4 prong cord. The problem is the green ground screw is about 6 incches from the back panel so the ground wire does not reach the ground screrw. How can I attach the groung wire?

Gary in WA 11-02-2012 11:16 PM

Welcome to the forums! I moved you to "Electrical" for better responses.

Gary

ddawg16 11-03-2012 12:03 AM

Can you provide a picture?

Marc05 11-03-2012 12:05 AM

For me and possibly others it is a bit unclear what you are asking. What do you mean by panel? Are you refering to the receptacle for the Dryer? Or the cord that connects to the dryer? Or maby the electrical panel where the feed for the dryer is? Maby go a tad more into detail

frenchelectrican 11-03-2012 01:15 AM

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Originally Posted by denbo13 (Post 1043221)
I have a Maytag dryer that is approximately 20 years old. Trying to convert it to a 4 prong cord. The problem is the green ground screw is about 6 incches from the back panel so the ground wire does not reach the ground screrw. How can I attach the groung wire?

If my memory serve me right that the green wire you have there you will have to float it and run the cord green conductor driectally to the grounding screw. ( you will have to tape up the green wire on dryer side )

One way you can tell if this is correct is by using the DVM and run it in ohm scale and ring the green wire on the dryer itself and the neutral termail block ( it will useally be white and it will be in centre stud ) and if that ring or ping it soildly then you will have to do this as I posted above.

The reason why due the manufacter did ran the green wire from the netural point to the frame to bond it together so check it out as I posted above.

Merci,
Marc

AllanJ 11-03-2012 08:18 AM

Get a short length of wire (a pigtail) and use it as an extension to reach the screw. Bare wire can be used for ground.

Sometimes you can trim back more of the jacket of a replacement appliance cord so the exposed wire ends are long enough to reach the terminals inside the dryer.

Inside the dryer, if you see neutral wires (should be white) attached to the frame directly or using a pigtail or a metal tab, remove that attachment and connect those neutral wires only to each other and to the white wire of the appliance cord. Note that not all white wires inside an appliance are neutral; do not undo or change any connections unless you are sure of what you are doing.

(Twisting wires together to make a connection is not good enough; use a wire nut.)

kbsparky 11-04-2012 05:27 AM

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Originally Posted by denbo13 (Post 1043221)
I have a Maytag dryer that is approximately 20 years old. Trying to convert it to a 4 prong cord. The problem is the green ground screw is about 6 incches from the back panel so the ground wire does not reach the ground screrw. How can I attach the groung wire?

A common problem with many appliances. The green lead is simply not long enough to reach the green grounding screw.

I usually will strip some extra outer sheath off the cord, making the leads long enough to reach the grounding screw. The other leads can be curly-q'd up if they appear to be too long to reach their terminals.

frenchelectrican 11-04-2012 10:13 PM

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Originally Posted by kbsparky (Post 1044349)
A common problem with many appliances. The green lead is simply not long enough to reach the green grounding screw.

I usually will strip some extra outer sheath off the cord, making the leads long enough to reach the grounding screw. The other leads can be curly-q'd up if they appear to be too long to reach their terminals.

That is one of my most common methold I have done either Americanie side or French side.

Merci.
Marc


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