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How do you add a 240V outlet for a second clothes dryer?

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2014-02-26 19:48:09
2014-02-26 19:48:09
for USA, Canada and other countries using standard 60Hz electrical services

You should put in a separate circuit back to the breaker panel.

Don't try to run two dryers from the same circuit because, even if the breakers protecting the circuit don't trip (which they may or may not do, depending on the total current taken if both dryers were operating) the two dryers could easily overload the wiring and it could cause a house fire hazard.

ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL WIRING SAFETY OFFICE BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO CHANGE ANYTHING

- BREAKERS, CABLES OR OUTLETS -

ON ANY ELECTRICAL POWER CIRCUITS

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB

SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY

REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

If you do this work yourself, always turn off the power

at the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work

AND

always use an electricians test meter having metal-tipped probes

(not a simple proximity voltage indicator)

to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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You cannot use 2-120v outlets to power a 240v dryer. You can convert a 240v dryer outlet to power 2-120v outlets if they are supplied with a neutral. This requires a competent electrician. Do not do this yourself.

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Probably not. The average dryer will pull 25amps.

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An electric clothes dryer demands 22A from a 240V outlet at approximately 90% Power Factor. The power demand on the outlet should be about 240V x 22A x 0.9 = 4.75 kW. The active components in an electric clothes dryer are the heating element (100% PF) and the electric motor that turns the tumbler (70-80% PF). The formula you are looking for is W = I x E. (W is watts, I is current in amps, E is volts)

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if i have a breaker that has a 120/240v and my dryer has a 240v plug can i change the receptacle to a 240v

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In North America, the standard is 240V, 60Hz.

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Probably, because a "220V dryer" and a "240V dryer" might be the same thing if you're in the United States. Most electricity in the U.S. can vary within about 5% of 120V (114V to 126V) for single-phase, two-wire current (commonly called "110"). For single-phase, three-wire current (split-phase current, commonly called "220"), the voltage can vary within about 5% of 240V (228V to 252V). So, as long as the holes in the outlet and the plug from the dryer have the same configuration, the dryer should work. If not, replacing the outlet so that it matches the plug should be all that's needed.

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In the U.S. the most common residential voltage for an electric clothes dryer is 240 volts. In commercial application you will find clothes dryers that operate at 208 volts. In UK 240V.

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The formula you are looking for is W = I x E. (W is watts, I is current in amps, E is volts) <<>> 5280 N

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Don't understand this question. If the breaker is on, then the dryer would function normally, if the breaker your are referring to is the one for the dryer. If the breaker is off then no function. A dryer runs on 220.

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Short answer: No A standard outlet is 120v and can safety provide about 15 amps. A dryer is 240v at about 30 amps. Also the typical 12-14 gauge wiring is not suitable to carry the current to power a dryer. If you did wire a dryer to a 120v plug most likely the dryer would work but provide very small amount of heat.

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You really cant do it because a 220 has a heating element in it to dry the clothes unlike gas that uses fire to dry the clothes and the 120 is to turn the drum.Your drier will keep poppin breakers which isn't good at all.Outlets and Power(110V outlets and 120V outlets are practically the same for this discussion. I will refer to them as 120V. Same with 220V/240V outlets.) By 110V outlet I'm assuming you mean a standard US 120V 15A outlet.This outlet can provide a maximum of 15A at 120V. This means the outlet can provide 1,800W of power. ( Volts x Amps = Watts ) This is the maximum amount of power this outlet can provide, no more. Also, this is assuming nothing else is drawing power off the circuit this outlet is on. If you try to pull 1800W from an outlet and plug anything else into this circuit, the breaker will blow.Your dryer is designed to run off a 30A 240V circuit. Let's say, for argument, it draws 24A at 240V. This means your appliance requires 5,760W of power to run correctly. This is 3.2 times the absolute maximum amount of power your 120V outlet can provide. There is no way you can run this appliance off this outlet. You have a larger problem here than the voltage difference.You can't, you need both a and b phases. You need to install an 240v receptacle.And don't upgrade to 240V by using the same wires!! Some complete idiots will try this and burn the neighborhood down.

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Chances are there is more than 1 outlet connected to the 110volt circuit you are looking to convert. So therefore the easy answer is No. The 240volt dryer circuit must be a dedicated single circuit for the dryer only.

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You DON'T! The washer needs to be on a separate dedicated circuit; 120v, 20 amps. The dryer needs to be on a 240 V, 30 amp dedicated circuit. Trying to do otherwise is unsafe.

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No. Call an electrician. 50 dollars is cheap compared to having your dwelling burn up.

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I assume its 120V already: so, yes, you'll have to wire for a 240V receptacle (240V uses 1 more current carrying wire than 120V). Even if there were enough wires at 120V you'd still need a larger size wire for the combo unit. An electric dryer is a beast with electrical current.

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Yes, you can plug a 240v motor into a 230v outlet.

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No you can only have one dryer on a 240v circuit and nothing else can be attached to it either considering your using a 240v electric dryer

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It will operate assuming you have a 120/208V 3 phase system, but it will not get as hot as it would on a 240V system. To wire it just use 2 hots instead of 3 and connect the neutral.

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Yes, it can be and there is no problem at all Because most of the electrical appliances are made to work on 220v - 240v so it can also be plugged into a 240v outlet.

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The dryer is a 240v dryer so two of the wires are your hot wires, or the ones with power on them. One is your ground wire. And the forth is your neutral.

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The UK uses 240V, so your dryer will probably work, as the US uses 240v in homes for dryers. However, your washer won't as the US uses 120V for washers.

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The easiest solution is to leave the 220V original outlet alone and plug the 110V dryer into a close 110V outlet, most likely the one for the washer. There should be nearby 110V outlets so you don't have to muck with rewiring the 220V outlet. A short heavy-duty extension cord is an option. I would also recommend killing the power to the old dryer outlet if it is unused. It cannot hurt. If you cannot plug the dryer into a nearby 110V outlet you can derate the 220V outlet down to a dedicated 110V outlet. This is not a task to be taken lightly if you are not experienced. If you do take this course of action yourself, buy a book. Do it right or don't do it at all. Negligence could kill someone.


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