How to Hook Up a Dryer Wire & Socket


If you have modern electric clothes dryers, you need to hook it up to at least a 240 volt circuit that has a four-prong electrical cable. If you are a beginner, you should do some research on 240-volt appliances and try to be precise in your research especially on the type of dryer that you are using. By doing this, you would be able to select suitable type of wire and dryer outlet receptacle to use in order to complete your task. You will find that the cable connects with four color-coded wires onto the terminal block within your appliance. On the other end of the dryer cord, there are the blades that are arranged according to a circular pattern with a ground plug beneath them enabling the cable to connect to your wall socket according to the right manner. If the connection is done correctly, it eliminates any probability of short-circuit to happen to the appliance when it is in use. In order to hook up the dryer wires, you can use a socket-wrench tool.

To hook up a dryer wire & socket, you need:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket wrenches
  • Utility knife
  • Wire strippers

Hooking up a Dryer Wire & Socket

How to Hook Up a Dryer Wire & Socket

  • First thing that you need to do is to remove the small metal plate that you can see on the back of your dryer by using a screwdriver
    • Once finished, you would be able to expose the terminal block inside the appliance.

Always remember not to leave any power tools that you are using unattended especially in front of your children.

  • Next step is to unscrew and remove the three hex nuts that you see on the terminal block by using a socket wrench.
  • Then, you have to insert a hex nut through the looped connector that you see on the end of each wire right at the end of the dryer cord.
  • After that, you need to fasten the hex nuts with its attached wires onto the terminal block.
    • Make sure that you connect the Black wire to the left terminal
    • The White wire connected to the center of the terminal
    • The Red wire connects to the right terminal
    • Then, you must tighten up the hex nuts by using a socket wrench.
    • As for the green wire, you need to connect it to the ground terminal nut that is next to the main terminal box on the dryer chassis.


You will find the ground terminal near the main terminal box on its left side.

  • The next step is to slip the metal strain-relief collar that comes with your dryer cord around the cord below the four wires mentioned above.
    • Make sure that you tighten the screw in the collar by using the screwdriver.
    • The collar is being used to avoid the wires from tearing out of the dryer if the power cord is suddenly found to be yanked.
  • Then, you need to hold the its metal cover plate, according to its position over the dryer’s back before you start to reattach the screws.
  • Finally, you can insert the four prongs on the power cord onto your matching wall outlet.

    Always remember that whenever you want to strip electrical wires,

    • You should be using a pair of wire strippers in order to get precise cuts.
    • Before you start to install the dryer, you must make sure that the outlet is solidly secured onto the stud.

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