• This article is about changing the power cord
  • Changing the power cord on the range or dryer is a situation that many people face at one time or another whether their moving into a new location or buying a new or used range or clothes dryer. If you need to change the power cord on your range or clothes dryer, there are some things you may want to consider before getting started. The first thing is if you've never worked with any type of electrical equipment at all, ever, ever, in your life, you may want to seek the help of someone that has or an electrician. Unless you feel comfortable working around electrical components, changing any type of power cord is not recommended.

    This article is about changing the power cord, changing the wall receptacle will be in a future article. To start, if you're received a range or dryer that has plug-ends that do not match or, you've bought a new range or dryer and found that the power cord doesn't match the wall outlet, this is not a problem and can be changed very easily. If you are replacing an appliance it makes it easier because you can change one power cord with another. If you are replacing an appliance, you'll need to go to your local hardware store and buy a new power cord.

    Now for those that feel they can handle this type of operation, we'll get started with what you'll need. The first thing to understand about ranges and dryers for residential usage is the fact that they come in a couple different amp ratings in the US. 50AMP and 30AMP are the norm, but what makes it even worse is the fact that each of the two amp ratings will take two different plug-ends and or wall outlets.

    When you get back home you will find that one style of power cable has 3 terminals while the other type has 4. Bookmark this page now so you can come back just in case you don't know. Every appliance is built to take either cable and on the back of the range or dryer the configuration will be the same each and every time.

    That wire will always be grounded to the appliance itself. Most appliances will have a green ground screw attached somewhere in the back near the wiring terminals. The process is extremely easy provided you've worked with electric equipment in the past. Now if you need to change the power cord on your range or clothes dryer, the information provided here will help immensely.?
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