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Old 08-24-2013, 04:11 PM
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My house was built in 1995 and has a three prong outlet. My former house had a four prong so I need to convert the plug. The four prong outlet had a green grounding wire included in the cord. The three prong cord has no such wire, just two hot wires and a neutral.
In my case, is the neutral wire the same as the grounding wire? if 'yes' then this means nothing will be attached to the grounding screw where the four prong has the green wire. Is this ok? Or is there a part that extends the neutral to the grounding screw location? I know GE models use a 'grounding strap'. Please help. Thanks!


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Old 08-24-2013, 06:01 PM
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Red to red black to black and white to white and you should be good to go.
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Red to red black to black and white to white and you should be good to go.
I appreciate the help. The only problem is that the three prong cord and the slots to connect are not colored. Since you didn't mention green is it safe to assume that the neutral is the ground? Thx.
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OK your 4 prong had two power sides (L1 and L2) (black and red), a Neutral line (white) and a Ground line green. Neutral and earth ground were separate. The red, black and the white were connected to the terminal strip in the unit. The green was connected to the screw on the machine frame/case.

Now there is only 3 wires so Neutral and ground are the same
So they still have to be connected to the terminal strip but you may have to run a wire from the Neutral (white) to the ground screw on the machine frame otherwise your unit case is not grounded. The ground strap may be hooked to the Neutral at the terminal strip and not connected so you may just have to reconnect it.

Below is the install sheet for this unit. It may be helpful.
http://manuals.frigidaire.com/prodin...34734400es.pdf

The below links also have some info.
http://www.applianceaid.com/general-...ation.php#3to4

http://www.applianceaid.com/electrical-testing-tips.php
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