How to change power cord on dryer?

Quick Answer

To change the power cord of a dryer:

  • Unplug the dryer and disconnect any other supplies before turning it around to access the back.
  • Remove the access panel or the bracket where the cord meets the dryer.
  • Depending on your dryer type, it will have either three or four prongs (prongs or cores, i.e. wires) screwed to a bracket (the power input source of your dryer).
  • Unscrew or unclip each wire to remove the old cord and reinstall the new cord.

Make sure to screw the wires into the right slots by matching the colors of the wires.

Power cords with four cores include a green wire, which is typically connected to the grounding slot.

It is usually connected separately and is mounted just beside the power bracket.

Key Takeaways

  • The power cord in a dryer is a series of electrical wires (3 to 4 prongs) that run together to supply power to the unit.
  • The power cords usually run from the back of the dryer up to the power source.
  • Over time the wires fray out or show signs of wear and tear. Thus, it is always advised to replace them if damaged.
  • You can easily replace the power cords on your own using a few basic hardware tools and the right replacement cord.

Where is the power cord located in the dryer?

The power cord usually runs from the back of the dryer.

Simply follow the power cable of the dryer to locate its actual position.

Depending on the type and model of dryer you have, unscrew the screws to remove either the whole back panel, a separate cover, or a bracket.

Once you remove the access panel, you will find three to four wires clipped or screwed to the power input bracket.

How to change power cord on dryer?

If the cord (power cord cable) of your clothes dryer is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it is better that you get it changed or replaced.

While this may seem like a daunting task considering it is an electrical component of your dryer, in reality, it’s actually quite easy to do yourself. 

Instructions to change the dryer power cord

To start, you will need to gather a few supplies.

You will need a replacement dryer cord, a screwdriver, and a pair of wire cutters (if needed).

Finally, once you have these items handy, you are ready to get started.

Step 1: Unplug the dryer

The first step is to unplug your dryer from the wall outlet.

Also, disconnect the vent hose and any other parts that need to be taken off in order to move the dryer.

Step 2: Remove the access panels

Carefully move the dryer away from the back wall to locate the cord assembly.

Next, remove the screws that hold the back panel in place.

In some dryers, you don’t have to take off the whole back panel to get to the cord assembly.

Instead, you will find a small bracket screwed to the back where the cord runs to the machine. Simply unscrew the cover to gain access to the power cord.

Step 3: Locate the terminal block

With the access panel removed, you should now see the wires that connect the dryer to the power supply, i.e., the terminal block.

You will find either three or four prongs (wires) running through the cord.

These wires will be either clipped or screwed to the slots in the terminal block.

Step 4: Remove the old cord

If the wires are clipped, then use your wire cutters and carefully cut the old wires from the terminal block.

Be sure not to damage any of the wires as you do this.

In some other types or models, each wire is screwed into its designated slot in the terminal block.

Simply unscrew them to separate them from the power bracket.

Step 5: Install the replacement cord

Using needle-nose pliers, strip about 1/2 inch of insulation from each wire end of your new three-prong cord, depending on the fixture. 

Be sure not to cut any of the actual wire strands.

Attach each wire to its corresponding terminal, such as black to black, white to white, or green or bare copper to green or bare copper.

Now, tighten each nut securely with your needle-nose pliers.

In some other models, you will need to thread it through the opening in the terminal block.

Finally, secure it in place with the screws you removed earlier.

Step 6: Test the replacement Cord

Check to see if the dryer turns on after plugging the cord into the wall.

If it does, then reattach the access panel or back panel and screw it in place.

Reconnect the supplies, and you are all set to use your dryer like before.

Final Thoughts

Power cords are usually sturdy and do not wear out easily.

However, there are times when the cord may become frayed or otherwise damaged.

If this happens, it is important to replace the cord as soon as possible to avoid any potential hazards.

While it is possible to replace a dryer cord on your own, it is always best to consult with a professional if you are unsure about any of the steps.

This will ensure that the job is done correctly and safely.

Lastly, always make sure to get the right replacement part before proceeding with the troubleshooting steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the green wire in a dryer power cord for?

Typically, green or bare copper wires are grounding wires.

Can I install a three-prong cord in my dryer?

It is always advised to install a suitable replacement. If your dryer originally came with a four-prong cord, then you should install the same.

Why is my dryer not working after I replaced the cord?

There could be a number of reasons why your dryer is not working. First, check to make sure that the cord is plugged into a live outlet. The next step is to check the circuit breaker and see if it’s tripped or not. If so, reset it and try again. If the dryer still does not work, then you may need to call a professional for assistance.

Manish Singh is an expert in electrical engineering with a Diploma in the field. With over 12 years of experience, he specializes in repairing music systems, washing machines, dryers, and other laundry-related appliances. His in-depth knowledge in electrical repairs and decent knowledge about garment care makes him a trusted authority in the field of appliance repair and laundry related topics. If you have any questions or need assistance with your appliances, you can reach out to Manish through email: manish.singh (at)