220 Outlets

Old 09-26-03, 06:30 AM
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Unhappy 220 Outlets

How do I install a new 220 outlet for my dryer. There are no 220 outlets in this house.
Old 09-26-03, 06:50 AM
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Some (very few) really old houses don't have 240-volt service, but only 120-volt service. The fact that you do not currently have any 240-volt appliances makes it unclear.

If you do have 240-volt service, then here is the basic outline:
  • Put a 30-amp double-pole 240/120 volt breaker in an unused space in the panel.
  • Run 10/3 NM-B cable (if NM is allowed in your city) from the panel to the location of the dryer.
  • Install a four-hole 30-amp dryer receptacle in a box.
  • Plug your dryer in.
If you do not have 240-volt service, you can still buy 120-volt dryers.

Note that this is not a project for a novice. Considerable dangers are involved. But if you have previously installed new 120-volt circuits, then this is not much different.

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