4 prong dryer to a 3 prong outlet

hebaJune 2, 2012

I have a 4 prong Kenmore elite dryer ( model # 11082832100) and want to install it to a 3 prong outlet.My house was built in 1979 and I live in Tucson AZ. I have read about pigtail method which I'm unfamiliar with ? Home depot advised me to install a 4 prong outlet to the wall which only has 3 wires and would leave an open ground ? I have also read about changing the 4 prong cord on the dryer to a 3 wire cord and using a jumper from the neutral to the dyer casing .Of course I could hire an electrician to run a 4 wire from the panel but thats expensive. Can you advise the safest method ,thank you.

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Ron Natalie

Never take electrical advice from the idiots at Home Despot.
What they told you is ILLEGAL AND DANGEROUS.

Get out the manual for the dryer. It right out tells you how to replace the cord with a proper three wire cord.

The other option of running a four wire circuit is also valid.

The code permits the frames of dryers to be grounded via the neutral (i.e., the three wire setup) as a "grandfather" clause for existing installations. It's reasonably safe.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 8:42AM
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brickeyee

It is NEC compliant to change the cord to a 3-wire if the instructions are in the manual.

It is NOT NEC compliant to instal a 4-wire plug on the existing 3-wire circuit.

The change to 3-wire is not all that complicated.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 9:12AM
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Ron Natalie

It's in the manual....I looked it up already before I posted it.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 11:20AM
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dan1888

Call your salesman and ask for the three prong cord and the manual info. Their installers will have this.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2012 at 12:54PM
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Ron Natalie

The cord you can get at the home centers or if you ask at sears.
The manual comes with the machine or you can do what I did and just google the part number and you'll find it online.

Jeez, I gave the right answer in the first reply. It's not that hard people.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 6:32AM
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greg_2010

It's hard to believe that nobody has said this yet, but you should get out the manual for the dryer. It explains how to replace the cord with a proper three wire cord.

;)

    Bookmark   June 4, 2012 at 10:33AM
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Sophie Wheeler

Call an electrician. You got the same answer on the Appliance Forum and didn't understand it there either. You have no business touching any wiring or you may be very sorry. Or your survivors may be very sorry.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 12:35AM
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