Does Code allow a washer and drier on the same circuit? I've got a
European style washer with a 240 volt plug (NEMA 6-20P) and I have
just bought its matching drier which has the North American drier
plug. I was thinking of replacing the North American drier cord and
plug with a 240 volt plug and using it on the same circuit as the
washer. Are there any code issues here? I may have to boost the
breaker and Romex back to the board as I will be more than doubling
the load from 2300 (washer) by adding 3070 (drier) for a max of 5370
watts. So I'm thinking I may need a 25 or 30 A breaker.
This is all in an unfinished basement so I can run anything I need
without too much trouble.
Can I ask why you suggest a seperate circuit given that I have an
outlet and spare outlet right there?
I've never believed in arguements like the above. Dryers generally
fault by having open circuit components or dead shorts, such as the
heating element breaking open and its ends dropping to a ground point.
That results in a dead short that will blow any reasonable breaker.
They also have overtemp thermostats that cut power in cases of
To buy the above posters logic, every item in a house should be on a
breaker with just higher capacity than the normal current need. Thus
you better not have your 60 watt table lamp on a 15 amp circuit, you
better not have your 700 watt refrigerator on a 20 amp circuit, etc,
Here's more information on my issue. I bought the washer some years
back with the NEMA 6-20P plug on it and so I ran a 240 volt circuit
for it. Recently, I picked up the matching drier but was surprised to
see a regular drier plug on it. This also came with a box which has a
drier outlet, a NEMA 6-20R outlet both double fused and a cord with a
drier plug on it! Clearly, this was intended for people buying both
appliances at the same time and having a drier outlet available to
them. I'm kind of in the opposite situation..
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