My niece just moved into a house that has a 4-wire wall recept. for
the clothes dryer. 2 hot, ground, & neutral. Her dryer has only a
3-wire cord & plug on it. 2-hot and a ground. She went to the local
ACE today and they sold her a new cord with the proper plug and told her
to replace the old one with it. The cord has 4 wires in it and the man
at ACE told her to tie the ground & neutral together at the dryer. Is
this OK ??
thanx .. .. ..
No, it's not ok. When you open the wiring panel on the dryer you should
find four terminals, 2 hot, a neutral and a ground. There should be a
jumper strap between the neutral and ground terminals along with a
notice to remove it for a four wire cordset.
Correct. Combining them was an old thing only allowed for clothes
dryers. Any even remotely new dryer should have the four seperate
terminals along with the jumper strap to allow connection in an older
home with a three wire outlet. With a four wire outlet available you
wire to current code with a four wire cordset. If your niece is likely
to move again, cable tie the three wire cordset and jumper strap to the
back of the dryer so they're on hand should the next place have a three
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