You only have 3 wires now, but your new dryer has 4 wires. Is that the situation?There are four wires. I understand the two hot wires and the neutral but where does the ground wire go? Paired with the neutral?
Okay - I will replace the plug and get a new outlet. Thank you for your advice.kbsparky said:Never combine the ground with the neutral. Instead, the correct procedure would be to use both a 4-conductor cord and receptacle: NEMA 14-30
It was done once in a while back in the 60s around here. Pretty rare though.I've never seen a hard wired dryer before... who does that?
Dryers and ranges were once commonly hard-wired in apartments to prevent unauthorized removal of those appliances. Cheaper, too since no receptacle or cords were needed.I've never seen a hard wired dryer before... who does that?
I always figured it was because either a 3 wire or 4 wire cord could be needed.. and its cheaper for the manufacture NOT to supply one.This is the main reason why manufacturers still to this day do NOT provide cords for those appliances.