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How to Change an Electric Dryer Cord

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Electric dryers use a 3 or 4 prong power cord which is attached to the rear of the dryer.


Use the following steps to change the cord:



1. Turn off the power to the dryer; this can be done by switching off the breaker on the electrical panel for the dryer circuit. Try starting the dryer to make sure the power is off.






2. Unplug the dryer and disconnect the dryer vent hose, next move the dryer out away from the wall.



3. On most electric dryers the cord connections will be covered by a metal safety plate, remove the screws retaining the plate and then remove the plate.



4. The cord will have 3 or 4 connections based on the type of cord your dryer has. Note the wire locations, draw a diagram or tag the wires with tape and note on the tape their color and location. Remove the wires on at a time and verify each with your diagram or wire tag.



5. Match the new cord with the old and attach one wire at a time verifying its location based on your diagram or the old cords wire tags you attached.



On three wire cords the ground wire goes to the center terminal, with white and black attached to the remaining terminals. Follow the diagram you created for the locations.



On four wire cords the white wire is attached to the center terminal, the green wire goes to the green grounding screw and the red and black wires are attached to the two remaining terminals.





6. Once you have the new cord attached reinstall the safety plate and screws.





7. Move the dryer back into position, reattach the dryer vent hose and plug in the new cord.



8. Turn on the breaker for the dryer circuit and start the dryer to test the new cord, if all is well you’re set and can start drying close again.





Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man

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Posted 2015-05-11T23:43:06+0000  by Mike_HD_OC Mike_HD_OC