How to Replace the Cord on a Kenmore 70 Series Dryer


The Kenmore 70 series dryer has a three-prong power cord. Cords may eventually tear or contain broken internal wires that do not allow the dryer to power up. The terminal block on the dryer back should have 240 volts of electricity to run the dryer. If a voltage meter check shows less than 240 volts the cord is defective and needs replacing.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Dryer cord
  • Pull the dryer out from the wall and unplug it from the electrical outlet. Place an adjustable wrench on a nut on the access panel near the cord. Turn the nut counterclockwise to loosen and remove the screw. Repeat this process to remove all nuts from the panel. Pull the access panel straight off the dryer.

  • Draw a diagram of the wiring order on the terminal block and mark the color of wire to each of the three connectors on the terminal block. The white wire is in the middle and black and red wires are on each side of the white.

  • Place an adjustable wrench on the connection screw on the left wire. Turn the nut counterclockwise to loosen and pull the wire straight off. Repeat this process to remove the two additional wires. Remove the copper ground strap or wire that attaches under a screw to the dryer case in the same manner. Pull the cord off the dryer.

  • Hold the new dryer plug near the terminal block. Connect the center wire to the center connection and tighten the screw clockwise. Connect each of the two side wires in the same manner to the dryer while consulting the drawing for the correct positions. Align the ground strap or wire over the hole in the dryer case. Insert the screw and tighten it clockwise.

  • Replace the access panel while aligning the screw holes. Insert each screw and tighten them clockwise. Push the dryer back into position and plug the cord into the electrical outlet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pull the dryer out from the wall far enough to have easy access to the back panel.
  • Use a flashlight if necessary to have ample light while replacing a dryer cord.

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