How to Splice Electric Dryer Circuit Wires
Can I splice the electrical circuit wires for my dryer circuit? The process of How to Splice and Extend an Electric Dryer Circuit.
Electric Dryer Circuit
Electrical Question #1: Can I splice the electrical circuit wires for my dryer circuit?
- I have a dryer, side by side currently that I am moving to stackable to gain some space in our laundry room.
- The wiring is currently behind the dryer, and I need to move the 220v outlet maybe 16-20 inches so I can again plug in my dryer.
- The breaker box is at least 150ft from the dryer. It is OK to splice the 10-3 wire to add an additional 1-2 ft to move the 220v outlet.
- I know it’s probably not to code, but just looking to get my dryer back operational.
This electrical wiring question came from Andy, in Littletown, Colorado.
Electrical Question #2: Can I splice a 220 volt dryer line in a junction box?
Can I splice together a 220 line for a dryer at a junction box halfway before I reach the receptacle? Splicing together the correct wires with wire nuts at a junction box? Will this be safe?
This electrical wiring question came from Doug in Sperryville, Virginia.
Thanks for your electrical wiring questions.
Splice Electric Dryer Circuit Wires
Application: Splice an Electric Dryer Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Certified Electrician or Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the dryer circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the dryer circuit wiring.
Important: Electric wiring and circuit components should be new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Electrical Wiring modifications should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require to have a permit and be inspected.
How to Splice and Extend an Electric Dryer Circuit
The following is an example of the process to extend a dryer circuit by using the existing outlet box as a junction box to extend the circuit wiring to a new location.
Turn Off the Electrical Power for the Dryer Circuit
- Identify the existing dryer circuit at the panel supplying the power and turn it off.
- Place a notice or tag at the panel to indicate that work is being done on the circuit.
- Use a voltage tester at the dryer outlet to ensure that the circuit power has been turned off.
Locate and Install the New Dryer Outlet Box
- Determine the desired location for the new dryer outlet to be used for the new stackable dryer unit.
- Consult the installation manual for detailed information about the new dryer outlet and cord.
- Attention should be given to the new dryer and the position and length of the cord to be sure the new outlet is located properly and is accessible when the new dryer is installed.
Install the New Length of Dryer Circuit Cable
- The new dryer circuit cable should be exactly the same as the existing dryer cable, being sure that the wire type and wire gauge matches the existing circuit wires.
- Install the additional length of dryer cable from the new dryer outlet to the existing dryer outlet.
- Protect and secure the new circuit cable and wiring according to the project application.
Convert the Existing Dryer Outlet into a Junction Box
- Remove the cover from the dryer outlet.
- Unscrew and remove the dryer outlet.
- Notice the location and connection of each wire of the dryer outlet, and any designation as indicated or labeled on the dryer outlet.
- Disconnect the wires leading to the outlet.
- Note: The splice box must remain in a location that will be accessible.
Grounding the Splice Box
- If the junction box is metallic then it will need to be bonded to the circuit ground wires using an approved ground lug or terminal which is fastened to the junction box enclosure, and the ground wires must be all bonded together using a wire connector.
Splicing the Dryer Circuit Wires
- Identify the individual dryer circuit wires and strip back the insulation about one inch.
- Splice the pairs of circuit wires together and install a wire connector to each pair of wires.
Cover the Splice Box
- Once the wires have been spliced together fold the wires back into the junction box.
- Install a blank cover over the junction box.
Install the New Dryer Outlet
- Strip back the insulation about one inch from each wire.
- Attach each wire to the new dryer outlet as the original installation, and as labeled on the dryer outlet.
- Install the dryer outlet to the outlet box.
- Install the outlet cover for the dryer outlet.
Test the Dryer Outlet
- Be sure all work is completed and the covers are installed and securely in place.
- Restore the circuit power to the dryer outlet.
- Test the dryer outlet for 240 volts, proper polarity, and ground connection.
More about a Dryer Circuit and Splicing Wires
Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.
Electrical Junction Boxes for Home Wiring
Understanding electrical junction boxes and what they are used for. Home electrical wiring is the process of installing electrical wire to a location that will serve electrical devices or an appliance. One very important component is the box where the wire will be installed. The type and size of the home wiring electrical boxes will depend upon the circuit size, application and its location.
Laundry Room Electrical Wiring
Fully Explained Photos and Wiring Diagrams for Laundry Room Electrical Wiring with Code Requirements for most new or remodel projects.
3-Wire and 4-Wire Configurations for Clothes Dryers
See an electric dryer installation with a typical 220 Volt electric power cord wiring system. You may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer, or a 3-wire or 4-wire outlet. Lets look a how the electric dryer is wired and what to do if your cord does not match the plug.
Electrical Code Articles for Home Wiring
Electrical Code Directory covering electrical boxes, electrical circuit wiring and more.
Electrical Junction Box Splice
Electrical junction box splices can be made safely when you understand the method. This example will show you how its done step by step and shows how to make a junction box splice and the related electrical codes.
The following may also be helpful for you:
Learn more about Home Electrical Wiring
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
|More articles about 240 Volt Dryer Circuit, Dryer Wiring, Electrical Wiring and Home Electrical Wiring:|
|« Previous||Next »|
|Adding an Electric Panel and Circuits||Ceiling Fan Wiring With Other Switches|