How to Wire a Maytag Dryer

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How you wire your Maytag dryer depends upon the type of outlet you have in your home and the age of the dryer. Modern electrical code requires all new installations to have a 4-wire circuit. Older homes and older dryers have a 3-wire configuration. Most electric dryers, regardless of their age, will work with a 3-wire or 4-wire circuit. However, 4-wire configurations are safer, and conversion to 3-wire is prohibited by the NEC (National Electric Code).

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

Older Homes and Older Dryers.

  • Purchase a 3-wire cable. The cable has black, white and red wires (no ground). The white wire is neutral; the red and black outer wires are "hot" line 1 and line 2 wires. Remove the screw to the electrical terminal housing at the back of the dryer with a Phillips head screwdriver and remove the door plate.

  • Remove the screw from the center terminal in the terminal block. This terminal will have a ground (green-colored) wire already connected to it. Keep the green wire connected and push the screw through the hole in the connector at the end of the white wire on the cable. Position the screw back in the center hole of the terminal block and turn the screw clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver until tight.

  • Connect the red and black "hot" cable wires in the same way; it does not matter which wire goes to which outer terminal.

  • Replace the metal cover onto the back of the dryer and replace the screw. Plug the dryer in to a 3-hole dryer receptacle and turn on the dryer to test it.

Newer Homes and Newer Dryers.

  • Purchase a 4-wire cable. The cable has black, white, red and green wires. The white wire is neutral; the red and black outer wires are "hot" line 1 and line 2 wires; the green wire is the ground wire. Remove the screw to the electrical terminal housing at the back of the dryer with a Phillips head screwdriver and remove the door plate. There's space for three wires on the main terminal block; below it is a smaller, single connector for the ground wire.

  • Remove the screw from the center terminal in the terminal block. Push the screw through the hole in the connector at the end of the white wire on the cable. Position the screw back in the center hole of the terminal block and turn the screw clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver until tight.

  • Connect the red and black "hot" cable wires in the same way; it does not matter which wire goes to which outer terminal.

  • Connect the green (ground) wire to the smaller terminal below the main terminal block and tighten the Phillips head screw.

  • Replace the metal cover onto the back of the dryer and replace the screw. Plug the dryer in to a 4-hole receptacle and operate the dryer to test it.

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