220V - 4 prong appliance how-to

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Old 01-08-05, 05:31 PM
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220V - 4 prong appliance how-to

Got a tanning bed which requires 220V and has a 4-prong plug.

What's required to wire up an outlet?
 
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A matching receptacle and the proper wiring (guage) and breaker. We need more info to give you anything more. Are there any markings on the plug?
 
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Old 01-08-05, 06:23 PM
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What are the specs on the info plate on the tanner? Like haw many amps?
 
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This information is for an

electric dryer, but electric ranges and alot of other 3 or 4 wire 220V appliances will be wired the same. Anyway, here is the link: http://www.american-appliance.com/se...dryer_cord.htm

Hope this helps!!
 
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Tanning beds follow a completely different set of rules than ranges and dryers. It is unlikely that dryer information will apply here.
 
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Old 01-09-05, 11:35 AM
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Wow guys... thanks for the quick response.

From the unit itself:

110/220 Volts
60 Hz
3130 Total Wattage


It didn't come w/ the plug - I put that on because the power cable has four wires. I followed the plug directions for 60 Amps in terms of wiring the plug.

My intent was to test against the dryer recepticle but found it's a three-prong deal (I bought a matching four-pronger for the plug I got). I thought I might temporarily switch recepticles just for a quick test, hence my question.

I saw only three wires to the current recepticle so I stopped and sought you out.

Another option might to go wire directly to the dryer fuse at the box. It's two breakers labelled 30 amps each.
 
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You need to leave the dryer circuit alone. You don't want to mess with this circuit.

You need to first understand what you have. Then you need to understand how to wire it and make a decision. Then you need to run a dedicated circuit for this device.

You have not provided us with enough information. The unit should tell you what size circuit (ie what breaker size) and how many wires are needed. It may be such that this bed can be wired at either 240 or 120 volts, but it;s hard to tell. I am not familiar with tanning beds or their requirements.
 
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Old 01-09-05, 12:09 PM
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Hmmmm.... other than:

4 wires
110/220 Volt
60 Hz

what else should I look for?
 
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Old 01-09-05, 12:11 PM
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What is the name and model number of the tanner?

Does the plug look like this?
 
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Look at the name plate on the applicance and look at the directions.
 
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Old 01-09-05, 12:49 PM
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Todd,

The recepticle is close except the bottom "hole" is vertical (like the ones on each side) and the same height. Keep in mind I only bought that pair because that's what Lowe's had that would handle 4 wires. I'm not married to this plug/recepticle... Any ideas happily accepted.



Regarding other info, I pretty much have everything I could find. The unit was build in 1984 and says "Wolff Systems SCA" w/ no other model designation.

BTW, what's wrong with the idea of wiring to the breakers used for the dryer circuit?

Also, can some provide a quick, simple explanation of 110/220V?
 
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Old 01-09-05, 12:54 PM
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I think your best bet is to get yourself an electrician.

You can't tap a dryer circut. I thought your tanner came with that plug.
 
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The 30 amps for the dryer circuit is too large for this tanning bed.

If this is something you bought used, then you need to find an instruction manual. Contact the manufacturer by telephone, go to their web site, but get yourself an instruction manual.
 
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