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 Posted: Wed Aug 26th, 2009 12:06 am
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Thought this was a simple swap.  Yanked out an electric dryer but the new one won't plug in.  Old plug had three flat bladed prongs.  New plug has two flat blades and a 90 degree bent blade.  Can I swap the cords from dryer to dryer or is there something I need to know first?

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edit...miss read it the first time...the three flat blades cord sounds like a 50 amp range cord, the two flat and an angle is the 30 amp dryer cord....yes you can just swap the cords...



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Sooooo... where the cord attaches at the dryer, there will be a terminal block with the leads.  I'll go from the common center post to the dryer frame and hook the other wires up accordingly?

Will the common center post be clearly marked?  Or will it have two wires going to it, signifying it is "common"?  Or will it actually be in the center of the terminal block?

Sorry.  Just want to be 1000% when dealing with electricity.

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Ok then! Swapping cords only! Thanks!

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Yes, sorry for the wrong info on the first post, was thinking about the new four  prong dryer/range cords vs the old three prong ones...my bad....;)



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the reason for having different range and dryer plugs is to make sure a dryer isnt plugged into a range outlet. A range outlet is rated much higher so if you have a short it will be less likely to trip the breaker right away. make sure you have the proper size breaker installed in the breaker box.



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denrayr wrote: ... make sure you have the proper size breaker installed in the breaker box...
YES, Breakers should be changed to 30's and some city building codes may require the Outlet and Dryer Cord
be changed to the one with the 90° Pin, possibly to the newer 4 Pin Dryer Cord / Outlet.

 



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