4-prong dryer plug, 3-prong outlet?

What the best option here?

Replace the dryer cord, replace the wall outlet, or buy some kind of adapter?

I'm more concerned about safety, than cost or difficulty.

Thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The easiest is switching the dryer plug. Directions are on the packaging.I bought one at Home Depot about 3 mos. ago for $20. If you had a dryer there previously you can always switch with that one.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Best option is to replace the plug, the three prong outlet does not have a ground, consists of two hots and a neutral. Turn off the circuit breaker for your dryer outlet and take off the outlet, hopefully there is a ground wire inside the outlet box. If not, you may just want to get a new cord. I would rewire the dryer circuit to get a ground, but this can be a very difficult thing to do, depending on how the wire is run and the construction of your home.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Assuming the dryer is electric. It should have a 4 wire 30 amp tail. The plug is a 3 wire 30 amp. The code has been changed to accommodate the electronics in the new dryers. You have two hots a neutral and a ground in the new one. You have two hots and a ground it the old one. It would be easier to add a new plug, since that is what it is designed to use. If you have an older house, you may be better off changing the pig tail out. The ground and the neutral can be hooked together. While it isn't right it will work. The wires on the four wire should be top ground, bottom neutral, and the two on the sides hot. Three wire is middle one ground and two wide blades hot.

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  • 3 years ago

    Dryer Plug

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  • 1 decade ago

    Call a electrician. It will take him about 15 min to change the wall receptacle. Make sure you tell them what you currently have and they will bring the proper material with them. Have them check the dryer as well. have them make sure that the ground and neutral have been separated on the dryer when the cord was put on. It will cost you between 80 and 120 dollars depending on the hourly rate in your area. Not that much money considering if it is wired wrong it could cost you your life.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    where did the dryer come from? new or overseas? check the electrical rating on the appliance first to make sure that it is compatible with the power source. if so then changing the plug end would be easiest, or else an adapter or step down transformer may be required.

    Hope this helps

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Replace the dryer plug. Take a sketch of the wall socket to the store with you -- there are several styles.

    About a 5 minute job with a screwdriver to fit a new cord and plug.

    http://www.thisoldappliance.com/cord.html

    Make sure you snug the screws down well... slop leads to arcing or corrosion leads to possible fires...

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  • Irv S
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The four prong plug needs connections for:

    Ph. A, (Black wire), Ph. B,(Red wire),

    Neutral,(White wire), & Ground, (Bare wire).

    Chances are good that there are wires in the

    wall box for all of them.

    Check the box. 'Betcha' there's a capped white wire there.

    Just buy & install the proper receptacle.

    (Blk. & R to brass screws, white to silver screw,

    bare to green screw).

    Some fool may tell you to connect the neutral

    to ground or vice versa. - Don't.

    Source(s): Retired Electrical Consultant
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The way to solve your problem is to replace the plug. It isn't as easy as just replacing it as most people on here say. You need to know what guage wire the current cord is. If you pull to much power through a cord that is not heavy enough it can melt and start on fire. If you know nothing about electrical applications I would hire a electritian or a apliance repair specialist to replace it for you.

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  • Lou
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    If you go an electrical store you will be able to buy an adaptor because if you just change the plug you might be sending the wrong electrical charges through the machine that is why the adaptor changes it to what suits the machine.

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