My son in law's house does not have a 220V outlet. How do I find out
if it is
possible to install a 220V outlet? Or are there houses where
it is not possible
to install one at all? What all is involved in
installing a 220V outlet?
help will be appreciated.
Nothing of that scale is impossible.
If the house is in the USA, it's exremely unlikely that it won't have
230 volts coming into it from the electric utility.
What it takes to get that voltage from where it enters the house and
connects to the main panel to where the new outlet needs to be can range
from a simple one hour job to a heavy duty one depending on things like
how far away from that panel the outlet is needed, whether there's room
left in the panel for another circuit breaker, and how much patching up
of walls and ceilings might have to be done if the path to a remote
location requires making some holes in them to gain access.
The best person to tell SOL that is an electrician. Tell him to get a
quote or two.
In most cases, an electrician can put another circuit breaker in the
panel, and run a wire to where the dryer is. Put on a socket.
Most all the houses I've worked on can have a dryer socket. The one
time I couldn't put in a dryer socket was a house where the cellar was
finished, and I didn't have the skills to snake a wire diagnonally
across the cellar to the circuit panel box.
Not a dificult job, but you should call someone who is experienced
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Take a look outside. Are there three big wires coming in? That would
indicate 240V Is the home new enough to have breakers, that would indicate
240V is available also.
If you have to ask this question, I hope you are not planning to put in
that outlet yourself. While it is somewhat straight forward work, usually,
it does not really allow for errors. Of course if you are just making sure
that you will be able to have a 240V outlet installed by a professional,
after he buys that new dryer, then good for you. Asking first is wise.
If you really do want to do it yourself and we have not convinced you
not to, then find a friend with experience with this kind of work and get a
good book on the subject and have them help you do the work.
1. Select an Electrical Contractor from the Yellow Pages
2. Dial the number
3. Ask the same questions you posted here
Adding a single, 120VAC branch circuit requires prior experience, knowledge
Adding a 240VAC branch circuit requires even more prior experience, knowledge
I recommend a book by H. P. Richter, "Wiring Simplified".
Good book and good advice.
Nsaikia and all those who ask this type of question. Please remember we
don't know you and don't know your skills. We can only respond based on the
question you asked and the way you asked it. We do not mean to be
insulting, but we do mean to protect those who might consider doing your own
wiring without risk.
Agreed. But it is a reasonable assumption that the person asking the question
DOESN'T HAVE a knowledgeable friend or good book, otherwise they would
probably not be asking here.
Such innocent (and apparently ignorant) questions beg more questions: Have
they ever swapped-out a circuit breaker? Have they even ever removed the
front cover of the panel? Do they realize that using terms like "socket"
instead of the more appropriate "receptacle" or even "outlet" raises the
eyebrows of other, more qualified readers?
Electrical and gas work is hardly the domain of novices. Only the most
confident, informed and experienced do-it-yourselfers should consider
performing such work as a mistake can KILL and destroy property. Plumbing,
maybe. Carpentry, sure. Low-voltage wiring, piece of cake. A mistake in
these areas is rarely life-threatening.
Asking, in an internet newsgroup, HOW to determine if 240VAC is simply PRESENT
implies a level of ignorance that precludes considering doing all but the most
simple of electrical repairs.
I agree with that completely.
It is still true that, "Fools rush in where angels dare to tread."
There's a reason why electrical installation codes were developed and
are enforced. Humans can't usually see, hear or smell electricity, so
there's not many warnings given to them before an incorrect or sloppy
job turns into a disaster.
I'd rather risk someone taking my response about hiring a pro as an
insult than have them thank me for correct information which they can't
understand or correctly follow.
And to Jim R. who said "plumbing maybe", I'd agree except for situations
involving waste traps and proper drain venting. In those areas, there's
a possiblility that an incorrect job could lead to serious biological or
(long shot) an explosive hazard.
Just my .02,
You're right. I conveyed my "plumbing maybe" remark to my plumber/friend and
his response was virtually the same.
I'm not a mechanic but I can rebuild a V8 engine just fine. It's the coffee
can full of left over parts that concerns me, though. <BG>
Speaking harshly to someone who's trying to get themselves
killed may not seem friendly, but it's better than
giving them an answer they're not equipped
to use safely, and letting them fry themselves.
It requires knowledge, a respect for the hazards, a certain amount
of intelligence, and a willingness to do the groundwork to safely mess
around with household electrical systems.
If we conclude from the post that the querant has the latter three
and not the first, we're generally willing to help. If he/she/it
is lacking any of the latter three, then they shouldn't be
messing with house wiring, and they get told so.
If the question is one that can be answered without too much
effort, they sometimes get that, too. The OP in this
thread clearly requires more help than can conveniently
be provided in a usenet posting.
If he's only trying do do this one thing, then it will
be easier, safer, and (after buying the necessary tools)
nearly as cheap just to hire someone to come do it.
If the OP intends to be doing more home wiring in the
future, then he clearly needs to spend some time working
through a book on house wiring, and stop looking like
he's trying to skate through with the minimal amount of
information possible to get a working solution, without
actually doing any of that painful learning shit.
You are, of course, correct.
However, the demeanor of this particular newsgroup is benign by comparison to
some others I frequent. In those groups, the replies would go something like
You're kidding, right? Only a blithering IDIOT would ask such STUPID
questions. You're gonna kill yourself, possibly others and burn down the
house. Call a contractor and get a life, you moron!
But, folks are MUCH more polite and considerate here. (Thank God)
My [pick up the phone, dial the number, etc] reply was probably more
condescending than it should have been. Hopefully, however, it conveyed the
seriousness of the topic.
Keep up the good work, folks. This group is a breath of fresh air that is
increasingly rare in usenet.
You will need to install a 220V breaker, which looks like two single
breakers with the "switches" locked together. You may already have
some in the breaker box for other things, like an electric stove. If
you have two empty adjacent breaker slots, you can install a 220V
breaker, which means you can install a 220V outlet.
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