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Wire Size for a 220 Volt Dryer Circuit

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Electrical Question: What is the Right Wire Size for a 220Volt Clothes Dryer?

I am installing an electrical circuit for a 30 amp 220 volt dryer.


This electrical wiring question came from: George, a Homeowner from Sierra Vista, Arizona.

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

Install a 30 Amp 220 Volt Dryer Circuit

Application: Installing a 220 Volt Dryer Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Work in electrical panels is not recommended for homeowners, non-experienced individuals or non-electricians.
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 220 volt electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the main circuit of the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring or installing the 220 volt wiring and circuit breaker.
Notice: Installing a 220 volt dryer circuit should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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  1. peter stott says:

    i need to wire a washing machine to an isolation switch , but the wire inside the box is thicker than the plug wire , is this safe to do ?

  2. Jerry Dupree Sr. says:

    What if your wire is not the right size, will it work properly for a 220volt 4 wire dryer?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Jerry,
      Circuit Wire for a 220volt Dryer
      If the wire for a 220 volt dryer circuit is not large enough, or the wire or cable does not meet the approved circuit specifications then new circuit wiring should be installed which comply with the approved standards for safety and reliability.
      The alternatives of incorrect wiring are not an option that should be left to chance.
      Be safe,

  3. Joel says:

    Wire Size for a Dryer

    What size wire should I run for a dryer a little shy of 200 feet away from the service panel?


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