220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations

 These outlets are the ones you’re most likely have in your house.

Ok, so lets talk about the types of outlets you’ll find in your house. For the most part you are going to see 120 volts, 15 amp and 20 amp. And 220 2 wire, 3 wire and four wire types.

Please remember not all 220 volt outlets use a neutral (white) wire. To give you a general idea, lets say you just bought a air compressor from Home Depot. It requires 220 volt but the plug only has three prongs. You’ll have the two that look a like will be the two separate hot’s and other round looking on would be the ground. And of course more than likely it would be 20 amp.

Watch my video on how to install a 220v 20 amp video How to install a 220 volt outlet. Or the 220 4 wire video

How to install a 220 volt outlet.

How to install a 220 volt 20 outlet VIDEO

How to Install a 220 Volt Outlet 4 wire or Dryer Outlet

Installing a 4 wire 220 volt outlet VIDEO


Don’t Forget the Other Pages on Configurations 




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25 Comments on "220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations"

Kamell Tate
October 4, 2015

I bought a 220 box to fit my dryer plug…How do I swap them out?

Tom Anderson
August 14, 2015

I just bought an Air conditioner that has a 230 volt 30 amp plug on it. My old failed ac unit has a 220 15 amp outlet for it. All though similar the 30 amp plug is a lot bigger. Can I put a different outlet in to accept the 30 amp plug or is it a lot more than that?

Ann Stewart
July 30, 2015

In your videos, you talk too fast for me to follow and kind of mush some of your words together. Rather than “laid-back” I’d prefer professional.

July 13, 2015

Hi, I have a 3/4 HP Water pump set a 220 by the lake to feed my cottage.Currently the pump is wired directly to my panel.I would like to put in a on/off switch in my Bunkie adjacent to the pump.Are there considerations for what type of 220 switch and receptacle?

April 18, 2015

I did not know that 220 outlets/cords have different type of configurations. I bought a 24 inch electric stove for my tiny kitchen. I was so excited to finally have an oven and the price was perfect. But alas, the cord has a different shape then the outlet even though both are 220. Are adaptor plugs available in these kinds of situations and is it safe to use an adaptor plug? No matter how cute the stove, I prefer not to burn my house down. 😛 Thanks so much.

Harry Smith
March 15, 2015

I am setting my garage up as a small woodworking shop. Many of the tools I am looking to add to my shop are wired for 220. How many circuits / 220 outlets do I need. I have 4 duplex 110 outlets previously added.

November 5, 2014

Dryer is dead. Circuit is not tripped. Checked outlet and have hot indications at 2 of the 3 prongs. Is this normal? Trying to eliminate issues before calling for repairs.

October 12, 2014

Can you put two 220 plugs on one wire

June 13, 2014

What size wire to use for a 220/30amp outlet, I have 12 g is that fine?

February 18, 2014

Hi, I just moved into a house that has a 4 wire plug like the ‘big boy’ you show here. My dryer has the regular 220 20amp plug. Do I need an adapter or to convert the whole recepticle and run a lower amp connection?