Wiring For Clothes Dryers – Don’t Do This
How to Wire a Dryer Cord and Plug: Find out how it s it possible to rewire most dryers so that it can use a 3 wire plug.
Wiring 3Wire and 4Wire Dryer Plugs
Electrical Question: I have a four wire plug on my dryer.
- I installed a four wire plug in my wall, however, when my house was wired whoever did it cut the red wire off before the circuit panel and hooked up the white and black wires to the breaker instead of the red and black.
- My old dryer had a 3 wire plug so this was not an issue.
- I need to know if I need to find the end of the red wire somehow and pigtail off of that and hook it up where the white wire is now and if so where do I then hook the white wire to in the panel, Or is it possible to rewire the dryer so that I can use a 3 wire plug on it instead
This electrical question came from: Bob, a Homeowner from Kalispell, Montana.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Bob.
Electrical Wiring for a Dryer Plug
How to Wire a Dryer Plug and Cord
Application: Wiring a Dryer Plug
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be replaced.
Precaution: Identify the electric dryer circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Bob, follow the links below and you will see how to make the connection using a 3 wire plug.
- Wiring a Dryer
- Electric dryer installation with a typical 220 Volt electric power cord wiring system.
- 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer plug and outlet connections.
- What to do if your cord does not match the plug.
For more information about 220 Volt Wiring Diagram
220 Volt Wiring Diagram
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- If a wire is not going to be used then place a wire nut over the end and cap it off, but do not cut the wire off.
- Unused electrical wires must be safely enclosed and accessible for circuit testing and future use.
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