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Question: I have an old home with old electrical wiring. The power outlet for Dryer is 3 wire.  I got a used Maytag Neptune dryer with a 4 wire cord. What do you think is better: to replace the wire cord of the dryer for a three wire cord or to replace the outlet for a 4-wire outlet? Is it possible to replace the old 3 wire outlet for a 4 wire outlet since it is an old wire home (1983)

This electrical question came from: Luis, from Wellington, Florida

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Luis

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If the electrical wiring is old as mentioned, then I highly recommend installing a new 4-wire dryer circuit which will be much safer than the old existing 3-wire circuit.

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