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I bought a new house. My dryer is a 4 prong and my house has a 3 prong outlet? What can I do? Do I have to change the outlet or can I get a newcord or adapter?

The dryer is GE # 572D561 on the back. Can I get an adapter or maybe use a 3 prong cord on my 4 wire dryer- or will that start a fire or something? Or do I need to change the outlet and the wiring? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Paul

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afritz afritz
I understand that your dryer has a 4 prong outlet and your home has only 3 prongs. I have taken some time to research your question here on the Manage My Life website and I noticed that someone else had asked a similar question with a posted response from an expert. I attached the link below for you to view. I hope the link that I provided is helpful.
by afritz afritz Earned 1,258 community points in Dryers
February 17th, 2011
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Mark T
Charles,






I will be happy to assist you. The green ground wire that was connected to the center post should be moved to the cabinet ground screw. The center or white wire from the cord connects to the center post on the terminal block. Then connect each outside wire of the cord to the outside terminals on the block. I posted a link below to a video that shows how to remove the four-wire cord and install a three-wire cord. Click on the link to watch the video.



Please let me know if you need further assistance.



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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Dryers
August 7th, 2012
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i have 4 prong dryer the house was built before 1996 and the wall outlet is for 3 prong if hook up all the wires a i will still have no ground to hook to. how do i fix it to make work with 3 wires that are not color coded
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August 6th, 2012
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Mark T
Thank you for the reply.
The three-wire cord does not have a green wire. There should be a grounding strap that connects the grounding screw to the neutral terminal. If the grounding strap is missing, you can use a piece of wire. Connect the wire to the grounding screw and the other end to the neutral on the terminal block. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Dryers
February 18th, 2011
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Thank you again Mark. So I had a green wire on my dryer for the 4 prong plug and I just wanted to confirm i don't need that at all or anything to hook to that hole where the green wire had gone. I waws just worried about it startig a fire or something. I read the attached instructions and it lloks like I just hook up the other 3 wires. I see in step 6 it mentions the green screw and shows it in the picture, but I just wanted to be sure the hole near the "strain relief bracket" doesn't need anything in it. Thanks again for all the help.
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February 18th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for the reply. On your dryer the yellow and white will connect together. Then the reds connect together. Last, connect the blacks. I have posted am image that should be closer to you model. Please let me know if you have problems.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Dryers
February 18th, 2011
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Thank you for the help. I can't really make out the scematic that is attached above. Can someone just tell me were to hook up the 3 wires? I already took off the old 4 wire cord. I had a red, yellow and black wire and then a green wire that bent back near the bracket. I just wanted to be sure if I hook up only the 3 wires that it will not cause a fire or anything. Please let me know what you think. Thanks again for all of your time and help.
by Manage My Life
February 17th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

This is a very common question. The dryer can have a 3 or 4 prong cord installed. To make the change you have to purchase a cord to fit the outlet you have. Then remove the old cord from the dryer and install the new one. I have provided you with a few images that have the instructions for installing the new cord. Please make sure you turn the power off to the outlet before you attempt any service.

If you need to order a new cord please click on this link to view the

cords

we sell.

If you need further assistance on this issue, please reply below with more details.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services

.

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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,607 community points in Dryers
February 17th, 2011
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