208V appliance in a 240 outlet ?

Old 11-30-20, 12:58 PM
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208V appliance in a 240 outlet ?

My friend just bought what he said is a 208V kiln for pottery from someone selling it cheap because they didn't think they had the right electrical in their building. We have single phase 100 amps in a "barn" with a couple of 240 recepticals already installed. Can he safely use those 240 outlets with this appliance and will it reduce its life expectancy ? Is there a way to install the correct receptical with this single phase service that would be a better option ?
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You will have to check manufacturer's specifications. Usually if they specifically say 208V, it won't work correctly with 240V. It might still work, but might over heat or have shorter life expectancy.
Type of receptacle doesn't make any difference. Same receptacle is used for both 208V and 240V unless it is 3 phase equipment.
Old 11-30-20, 05:55 PM
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With 240v..... the elements will run hotter and the kiln will heat faster but will still be controlled by a thermostat.

It shouldn't be a problem.
If you post the make and model we could check further.
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