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220 Volt Appliance Wiring Requirements

Why do most 220 volt appliances not use a white common neutral wire? How to Wire a 220 Volt Appliance.

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Why Some 220 Volt Appliances Do Not Require a Neutral
Electrical Question: Why do most 220 volt appliances not use a white common wire?

This electrical wiring question came from: Emmett, a Homeowner from Port Orange, Florida.

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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Emmett.

Application: Installing a 220 Volt or 240 Volt 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. Working in an electric panel is dangerous due to arc flash hazards and the possibility of electric shock.
Notice: Installing an additional 220 volt circuit should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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5 Responses to “220 Volt Appliance Wiring Requirements”
  1. Jose says:

    I am interested in buying a range stove from the UK. The supplier there says is 220-230 Voltage and 50 cycles. What do I need to do to make the range work here. It is a Rangemaster brand.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jose,
    Typically I do not advise purchasing electrical appliances from another country unless they specifically state that it is fully compatible with the electrical system in your country.
    More about How to Wire an Electric Range

  3. Henry says:

    I have a 220 volt electric stove with a hook up for a red, gray, black, blue and yellow green wires. The new stove has 6 screws which are aligned like a number 6 cross pattern as found on dice. Where do the wires go?

  4. David wheeler says:

    I wired two #8solid 3 lead wires from two double 50 amp breakers to an endless water heater. Since then my bill has gone up 200 dollars. Any reason why?

  5. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi David,
    Make sure the circuit wiring has been installed and connected according to the water heater specifications, and the temperature settings have been adjusted for optimal usage. If the water heater is not brand new then the thermostat controls should be checked to make sure they are working properly.
    I hope this helps,