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ayp8285

10:55PM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 07/22/04
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Bvelectrical
I live in an older home that has a 3 prong dryer outlet (220). While examining my circuit breakers for other reasons, an electrician noted that the dryer circuit had been wired with a 4 wire cord (2 hot, 1 neutral, and a ground), but that the ground was not connected in the breaker box and had been cut. Without checking first he assumed correctly that the outlet was 3 prong. I was told that cutting the ground wire wasn't unusual some years ago if it didn't match the outlet, which was designed for 3 wires. I don't know about this sort of thing and wonder if this makes any sense to anyone. Would there be any reason to cut the ground wire instead of just connecting it anyway, despite the 3 prong outlet? Would there be any harm in connecting it? My dryer was found to be giving off voltage and had to be grounded after all. Thanks for any light anyone can shed on this. I'm perplexed!

DanO

09:49AM | 07/24/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2274 lifetime posts
** Would there be any reason to cut the ground wire instead of just connecting it anyway, despite the 3 prong outlet? Would there be any harm in connecting it? **

That is really more of an electrical question than an appliance one. You might post it is the electrical forum for comments from people related to that profession.

** My dryer was found to be giving off voltage and had to be grounded after all. **

What was found to be the cause in the dryer? A dryer should work Ok on either a 3 wire or 4 wire circuit as long as it is connected properly inside the dryer. You can read about the different in connections between a 3 wire hook-up and 4 wire at the following link:

Can any one tell me how to change my electric dryer from a 3 prong plug to a 4 prong?

LINK > www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=466

If not connected properly, it should be looking into and corrected.

JMO

Dan O.


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