Installing 220 Volt Electric Appliances


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Understanding the Qualification for Installing Major Electrical Appliances: Local Jurisdictions and Adopted Building Codes, Who is allowed to wire electrical appliances and where to find a city code that explains this.


220 Volt Wiring Connections

Electrical Question: My husband installs microwaves, washers, dryers, ovens, etc. The appliances are pre-wired with a 220 pigtail and the wall has a 220 wire.

If you could give me any information on this I would greatly appreciate it or any information where I can find out what the code really states.
Thank you for your time,
Julie.

This home electrical wiring question came from: Julie, in Mesa, Arizona.

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

Understanding the Qualification for Installing Major Electrical Appliances

Application: Installing 220 Volt or 240 Volt Major Appliances.
Skill Level: Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or a Certified Appliance Technician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Volt Tester, Battery Operated Drill Motor, a support system for the appliance that will be installed.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience with the specific appliance, ability to work with tools and connect 220 volt electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the 220 volt circuit at the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before making the oven wiring connections.
Notice: When installing an additional 220 volt oven circuit  the work should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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