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3 Prong to 4 Prong Electric Dryer Plug

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a 3-wire Clothes Dryer – You may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer, or a 3-wire or 4-wire outlet. Lets look a how the electric dryer is wired and what to do if your cord does not match the plug.

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I have a 3 prong to a 4 prong dryer plug setup and the heating element is not working,  I need to know what’s wrong.

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Thanks for your electrical wiring question.

How to Wire a 3-wire Clothes Dryer

The Following will assist you with your Electric Clothes Dryers

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2 Responses to “3 Prong to 4 Prong Electric Dryer Plug”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Roxanne, if your describing the two wires that connect to the 240 volt heating element then it should not matter because the heating element is not polarity sensitive.

  2. Roxanne says:

    I have a Kenmore front loading dryer that the heating element broke. I took off the front panel, disconnected the wires, and took the element in to have it tested. The element itself was fine, I just needed to replace the other two parts (fuses or thermostat I think?) Anyways, now I dont know what wires go to what, and I dont understand the schematics. can you help?