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3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Receptacles


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Question: 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Receptacles
I'm often asked how to wire dryer outlets, how to convert the wiring either from 3-wire to 4-wire, or to convert the wiring from 4-wire to 3-wire. Some people feel overwhelmed when they encounter these circumstances. Not to fear though, I have the answers on how to wire and convert the wiring to make your dryer work perfectly and safely.
Answer: First of all, to properly wire a dryer outlet (receptacle), you'll need to follow my guide on How To Wire a Dryer Outlet. This step-by-step set of instructions will have you drying clothes in no time at all.

Then there's the issue with converting the wiring from a three-wire dryer cord to four-wire cord. How is this possible? Well, in my guide on How To Change An Electric Dryer Cord From 3-Prong To 4-Prong Cords.

This is a great step-by-step guide and is easy to do yourself in just minutes.

Likewise, there's a guide to covert the cords from 4-wire to 3-wire. In my guide on How To Convert Electric Clothes Dryer Cords From 4-Prong To 3-Prong.

If you simply want to learn how to wire a 3-pronged dryer outlet, simply follow my guide on How To Wire A Dryer Outlet. In it, I show you step-by-step instructions on the installation process.

Lastly, here's a how-to for a four-pronged dryer outlet installation.

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