Wire Size for a 220 Volt Dryer Circuit
What is the Right Wire Size for a 220Volt Clothes Dryer? Installing a 30 Amp 220 Volt Dryer Circuit, Wire Size for Dryer, Electric Dryer Circuit Cable, Receptacle Outlet for a Dryer.© By: Dave Rongey
Guide to Wiring an Electric Dryer Circuit
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.
- I need to know what size and type of wire to use?
This electrical wiring question came from: George in Arizona.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question George.
Installing 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.
The Wire Size for an Electric Dryer Circuit
- Wire Size for Dryer
The wire size for a 30amp dryer circuit is #10AWG copper.
- Electric Dryer Circuit Cable
The typical cable used for a dryer circuit is 10/3 Type NM cable which has three insulated wires and a bare ground wire, totaling four wires in all.
- The Dryer Circuit
The typical 220 or 240volt electric heat dryer requires a dedicated circuit, which means that the circuit is not shared with any other device.
- Ground Fault Protection
Ground Fault protection is required for all receptacle outlets that are installed in a laundry room. This includes 240 volt or 250 volt 30 amp electric clothes dryer receptacle outlets. NOTE: GFCI ground fault protection may be supplied by a GFCI circuit breaker.
- Receptacle Outlet for a Dryer
The dryer circuit wiring connects to a NEMA 14-30 4-wire 250 volt receptacle outlet.
See More about How to Wire a Dryer
How to Wire an Electric Clothes Dryer
Wiring a Dryer
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.
For more information about 220 Volt Wiring Diagram
220 Volt Wiring Diagram
Wiring 220 Volt Electrical Outlet
Home electrical wiring includes 110 volt outlets and 220 volt outlets and receptacles which are common place in every home. See how electrical outlets for the home are wired.
The Following will assist you with your Electric Dryer
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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.
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