What they meant was that code requires a 4-wire cord. "new" in this case meaning 4-wire as opposed to an "old" 3-wire cord. If you have a 4-wire cord on your old dryer, save some money and remove it for your new dryer.My old dryer conked out and we found a good deal at HD. They said that code required a new cord, even though I had converted to a 4-prong receptacle and new cord about 4 years ago. It was only $10 for the cord, but was it necessary?
The "right" cord is the one that fits the receptacle, whether it is 3-wire or 4-wire.Sounds like a liability issue from the vendor. They don't want to take a chance that the customer will use a 3 wire cord. And even if they do the vendor can say that hey they bought the right cord.
Maybe they do, but there is NO requirement that you replace it.The sales man said that a new cord was required, whether 3 or 4 prong, because old cords go bad and cause electrical problems.
Just for clarity, more modern codes require a 4-wire circuit and receptacle. The cord just goes along with it.What they meant was that code requires a 4-wire cord. "new" in this case meaning 4-wire as opposed to an "old" 3-wire cord.