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Outlet Wiring for a Toaster


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Installing Electrical Circuit Wiring for a 240 Volt Appliance – Many 240 volt appliances will work on either 208, 220 or 240 volts. Consult the manufacturers specifications to be sure.

Circuit Wiring for a 240 Volt Appliance

Outlet Wiring Question: My company does a large bagel order each week on Fridays. As a result we are all stand around at 8:45 waiting to use the tiny toaster.

In our office kitchen we only have 120v standard outlets.

  1. First question is how easy is this going to be to convert an outlet to 240v.
  2. Also, how can I figure out if this building has 208v or 240v which I understand can be an issue.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your outlet wiring question Seth.
Background: Seth, a Homeowner from Boston, Ma

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2 Responses to “Outlet Wiring for a Toaster”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi TJ,
    There are two very important items that need to be considered here: Voltage and Amperage
    The Voltage of the circuit will be limited to the voltage of the electrical panel at your location, and that sounds like it is 120/208 Volts.
    The Amperage is the amount of electricity that the equipment will require, which is generally stated on the label of the toaster.
    The most common mistake that is made is to order the equipment first without knowing if it will be compatible with your electrical system. What may be best with this project is to identify the amperage of the existing 208 volt circuit and see if that is adequate for the toaster. Most electric heating devices like this can be connected to a variety of voltages, and some may require modifying the wiring connections, however all of this must be verified with the installation manual of the equipment.
    Be Careful and Be Safe,
    Dave

    PS I just visited the website of the Inn, Very Nice!

  2. Tj says:

    I have an outlet for a commercial toaster that is 208 volts and I need to change it to an outlet that can be 240 volts for a Pannini grill. Is this possible?