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How do you install a new 120V outlet alongside the existing 240V outlet for your washer and dryer?

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=== === Assuming you want to plug in say a 120V washer next to the 240V dryer, you would need to install a separate 120V 20A circuit. This is not a simple task and can kill you in several ways if you get it wrong. Please have a qualified electrician do it, if you do not understand the following discussion completely, or otherwise doubt your abilities. <><><> Any new outlet must be of a type protected by a GFCI or be wired into a GFCI-protected circuit if it is within an unfinished basement, bathroom, garage or any room that has wet or damp areas. The US National Electrical Code requires that a laundry outlet have its own separate circuit. If the laundry circuit in a garage or basement is used only for an appliance that is not easily moved (washing machine, freezer), it need not be GFCI protected, but only if there are other reachable GFCI outlets in the same room. You will need to add a 120 V 20A breaker to the breaker box (or sub-panel, if you have one with adequate feeders), run a separate 20A cable to a separate junction/work box near the 240 V outlet, and install the 120 V outlet. You are not allowed to just run a cord to your laundry from another outlet on a circuit used for other things, nor to connect the new outlet to an existing outlet. You may, however, extend an existing circuit to yet another outlet in the laundry area for purpose of ironing, fan, or other small appliances. If you plug an iron into the laundry outlet while the washer is going, you're likely to overload the 20A breaker. Under no circumstances should you attempt to "split" the 240 into a 120 outlet! The dryer circuit is protected with a 30-Amp or larger breaker (5000 watts is over 20 Amps). If anything had an overload, the ordinary 15-amp or 20-amp outlet for 120 volts and anything plugged into it could overheat and catch fire well before the 30A breaker shut off the current. A "combination" washer/dryer unit is designed with internal overload protection for the 120-volt equipment. <><><>

As always, if you are in doubt about what to do, the best advice anyone should give you is to call a licensed electrician to advise what work is needed.

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 a meter or voltage indicator

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

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY SURE YOU CAN DO THIS JOB

SAFELY AND COMPETENTLY

REFER THIS WORK TO QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

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