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240 Volt Circuits for Ovens and Dryers

240Volt Dryer Circuit Electrical Question: I have a 240volt outlet for my dryer. Can I modify it so it will be a double outlet and run my 240volt electric oven also?


Understanding 240 Volt Circuit Requirements
Electrical Question: I have a 240volt  outlet for my dryer.

Thanks.
This electrical question came from: Beki, a Homeowner from Sonora, CA.

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

240Volt Dryer Circuit

Application: Installing a 240 Volt Oven or Dryer Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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.
Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring. Working in an electric panel is dangerous due to arc flash hazards and the possibility of electric shock.
Notice: Installing additional circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

240Volt Oven and Dryer Circuit Requirements

  1. A dedicated 240 circuit is required for the electric  dryer, and a dedicated 240 volt circuit is required for the electric oven.
  2. Combining the electric dryer and the electric oven on the same circuit will cause the circuit to overload.
  3. The circuit breaker size may not be increased in sized either as that would most likely cause a house fire.
  4. The solution is to have an additional dedicated 240 volt circuit installed specifically for your oven.

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2 Responses to “240 Volt Circuits for Ovens and Dryers”
  1. shane says:

    I have a GE Dryer motor number 5kh26gj116t that has three wires from the motor, a blue a orange and a black. I need to know which wire is hot ground and neutral so I can hook it up to run on a cord because I plan on using the motor for a different purpose. Thanks.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Shane,
      The GE Motor you have described is not a general purpose motor, and it is designed specifically for an electric dryer. The motor works with a external centrifigal switch which controls the power to the windings of the motor, and the wiring is integrated into other components of the dryer. Therefore the power connections would need to be traced and identified from the wiring diagram of your specific dryer. To sum it up, this may not be the best motor to use for an alternative application.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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