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Is there such a thing as a 115/220 combo outlet? I have a Washer and Dryer that are two different voltages…

 

Electrical Question from Debbie about Washer and Dryer Outlet Wiring
Background: Debbie, a Homeowner from Woodridge, IL
Question: Is there such a thing as a 115/220 combo outlet? I have a Washer and Dryer that are two different voltages. We are wired for the 220 but need to be wired for the 115. We have an electrician looking into it, but I was curious.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Debbie.
Typically the washer and dryer require separate circuits, which will have separate outlets dedicated for each unit. This is true with most Stacked or Combo Units as well. For this question to be answered for sure, you should consult the Installation Instruction Manual that came with your equipment.  This information will have a section about the Electrical Requirements which will list the circuit voltage and amperage requirements.  The outlets will need to match the cord and plug that is provided with the units.

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