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Readers Respond: How to Change Electric Dryer Cords

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One of my Readers writes:


I am in a particular bind right now where I just moved into a new apartment with my wife, and we needed to buy a washer and dryer for the place. The dryer we bought came with a 4 prong power cord but the unit has a 3 prong outlet. Can I do the cord switch from a 4 prong to a 3?

Thanks in advance,


If your dryer is equipped with a newer 4-prong cord, but your house is not, you could change the cord to a 3-prong cord to make the connection. It is pretty simple if you follow my easy step-by-step guide for converting 4-prong to 3-prong dryer cord connections.

3-pole 3-wire to a 4-wire 125/250v

Hi, I have a dryer with a 3-pole 3-wire, but I need to go to a 3-pole 4-wire. Can this be done?
—Guest Tim

converting 4-prong to 3-prong dryer

Hey, do you have a connection to convert 4-prong to 3 prong dryer cord? If yes, pls let me know how to buy it? thanks!
—Guest Hong


I recently purchased a new clothes dryer with a 4 prong plug however my receptable is a 3-way. Also the slots on the 3-way receptable are straight and none have the 90 deg angles shown on some pictures. How can I change this?
—Guest Hank Middleton
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