Three prong vs four prong dryer plug

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Old 09-15-07, 04:26 PM
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Three prong vs four prong dryer plug

Hi,

We just purchased a new clothes dryer with a three prong plug. However, the old dryer had a four prong plug and of course the outlet was for a four plug cord.

Question: is it better for us to take the old 4 prong electrical cord/plug and put it on the new dryer so it's compatible with the 4 prong outlet or should we just replace the 4 prong outlet with a new 3 prong outlet?
 
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Old 09-15-07, 04:41 PM
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Dryers do NOT come with cords installed so someone mistakenly put that 3-prong on there without asking.

You match the cord/dryer to the receptacle, so take the 4-prong cord and put it on the new dryer.
If this is a new dryer the instructions will show you how to do it. It is not as simple as removing one and installing the other. You need to remove the neutral to ground bond also.
 
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Old 09-15-07, 05:06 PM
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Replace the cord with a 4-prong cord.
 
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Old 09-15-07, 09:21 PM
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Good call. .....
 
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Old 09-15-07, 10:27 PM
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I also agree. 4 prong is the way to go. This is because you can seperate the neutral and the ground. The ground will create a safe return pathway for any exposed metal parts that may become energized. This is to prevent you from becoming that pathway. In a 3 wire plug, if that ground/neutral wire goes bad, you can become a better pathway.
 
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I might as well agree too. Anybody else want to agree? Is that ok with you Speedy?

Roger
 
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Old 09-16-07, 04:13 AM
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No. It's getting too busy in here.
 
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