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Experience:  30 years Licensed Electrical Contractor in Illinois, Adjunct College Electrical Instructor, Former Electrical Inspector, Diploma: Digital Electronics, FCC Technician License
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My daughter received a Maytag Dryer from her Grandmother.

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My daughter received a Maytag Dryer from her Grandmother. When I attempted to plug it in, no go --- it was a three prong plug and the apartment complex has a four prong outlet. Her old dryer had the appropriate plug obviously, so I took it off the old dryer and the one she received from her grandmother only had three connections. How do I wire a four wire (Green, Red, White, Black) cord to a three wire dryer (Green on bottom, White in the middle, and Black on top)... My email address is***@******.*** --- thanks in advance for your help... R. Kelly McNeill Wilmington, NC
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Kevin replied 1 year ago.
Hello.....my name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you with your electrical question. My goal is to exceed your expectations on Just Answer!
1) Take at look at the terminal block located on the back of the dryer towards the bottom. There should be 3 terminal screws that will terminate the 2 hots and 1 neutral.
2) The middle screw is where the white neutral wire lands.
3) The left and right most screws are where the black and red wires land. Does not matter if the black is on the left or right screw terminal. Same for the red...ie.....left or right screw terminal is OK. The black and red are the 2 hot wires.
4) The green is the equipment grounding wire. The green wire will land on a separate green grounding screw that is located near the terminal block and is part of the dryer frame.
5) If there is a bonding strap or a bonding jumper wire from the middle screw terminal to the green ground screw terminal, remove that jumper as you will no longer need it on a 4 wire dryer cord connection.
6) Refer to the link shown below under the "4 Wire Hook Up" as this is how the cord gets connected:
http://www.ask-the-electrician.com/wiring-a-dryer-power-cord.html
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