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House is wired for a three prong dryer but it should be a

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House is wired for a three prong dryer but it should be a four to accommodate the new dryers. Can i rewire the existing 220 as +/- Ground/Neutral?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?
Customer: buying a new house.
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: maybe.
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: Thank you, ***** ***** thinks that's about it.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Electrical
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 month ago.

Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be assisting you. Please stand by while I review your question.

Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 month ago.

All you need to do is replace the dryer cord with a 3 wire one. In the dryer you'll connect the ground to the neutral termination.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
okay
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I haven't tried it on the new four prong dryers. I had thought of running a separate ground to box and redoing the outlet.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 month ago.

Replacing the cord set for existing circuits is code compliant. No other way acceptable.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
in other words my idea would work, but it wouldn't be code compliant. Replacing the cord sounds easier.
Expert:  Mike G. replied 1 month ago.

Never thought of doing it other than code approved.