How to Install Wiring for a Stack Washer and Dryer


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Guidelines to Provide Power for a Stack Washer and Dryer: Many stack washer dryer units are actually two separate units, each having its own specific electrical circuit requirement depending on the exact models that are purchased.


Guide to Wiring a Stack Washer and Dryer

Electrical Question #1: I have a GE stackable washer dryer combination machine (model #WSM2420TAAWW) that I would like to use in an apartment wired for 120v current.

Thank you for your help!

This electrical wiring question came from: Wesley, from Denver, Colorado.

Dave’s Reply: Thanks for your electrical wiring question Wesley.

Guidelines to Provide Power for a Stack Washer and Dryer

Application: Installing a Stack Washer Circuit
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill,  auger bits and extension cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Notice: Installing additional outlet wiring should be done with a permit and be inspected.

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Electrical Question #2:
I purchased a stacking kit for my washer/dryer set. By moving the dryer it will be farther from the 220/230 outlet.

This home electrical repairs question came from: Ben, from Orem, Utah.
Dave’s Reply:
Extension cords are not recommended from major appliances including stack washers and dryers.  It may be best to extend the electrical circuit closer so that the cord will reach.

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6 Responses to “How to Install Wiring for a Stack Washer and Dryer”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Cord for a Stack Washer and Dryer
    The power cord that comes with the stackable washer and dryer should not be changed unless it is allowed by the manufacturer and a wiring diagram is provided with instructions for an alternative wiring configuration.
    Thank you for sharing your electrical wiring question,
    Dave

  2. sasha DePaepe says:

    Stackable Washer Dryer Power Cord
    How can you switch the power cord that the stackable washer dryer comes with to a 240 power cord?

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Converting a Circuit for a 240volt Dryer
    Hi Sasha,
    A basic guide to convert a 120volt circuit to be used as a 240volt circuit is as follows:
    The circuit must be dedicated and not shared with any other device or equipment.
    The circuit wire amperage rating must comply with the equipment manufacturers specifications.
    The circuit wiring must be clearly identified and marked at the circuit panel and the equipment receptacle outlet locations.
    The circuit breaker must be changed out, and replaced for the new voltage designation and clearly identified in the panel.
    The receptacle outlet for the equipment must be changed and wired for the new voltage as specified and clearly identified.
    The process of changing the circuit voltage should conform to all applicable electrical codes and be inspected.
    Thank you for sharing your stackable washer and dryer question,
    Dave

  4. sasha DePaepe says:

    Can you switch a 120volt to a 240volt circuit for a stackable washer and dryer. If you can how can you.

  5. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Tim,
    From the information you have provided, the stack washer dryer unit that you are referring to requires two separate dedicated circuits. The exact specifications for these two circuits will need be identified including the Voltage and Amperage for each circuit. Once the complete specifications have been clarified then the circuit configurations may be made. The voltage and amperage is vital to size each circuit for the correct wire size, box enclosure, receptacle outlet and the circuit breaker. The type of wire or cable that may be used, and the methods for the installation will depend on your specific location, the applicable electrical codes, the type home construction, and the available access needed to install the circuits to the location of the stack washer and dryer unit.

    If the location already has two circuits, then you still need to identify the specific electrical circuit requirements for the stack washer and dryer, then compare this information to the existing circuits and see if they have the same specifications which will allow you to make use of one of the existing circuits.

    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  6. tim says:

    How do I wire a stack washer dryer into two different outlets one being 220volt 4prong and the other 3prong 20amp?

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