How to install a 220 volt outlet


Installing a new 220 outlet isn’t much different than a 120 volt outlet. However you can only put one 220 outlet per breaker / circuit. And you will installing two hot leads to the outlet and not using a neutral for this type of outlet in the video.

How to install a 220 volt outlet.

In the below diagram you will notice that for a 220 volt outlet you would need a two pole breaker. What this means is that the breaker will take the power from the panel by the two very different phases. Each one is 110 volts. Combined you have your 220 volts. However you will still need a ground as you can see. Some need a neutral as well. Most of the time these would be things like your stove. But for now this pretty much covers a simple 15 or 20 amp 220 volts.

The wiring needed for this type of insulation you would use 12/2 wire for a 20 amp installation.

If you’re looking for instructions on how to install a 4 wire 220 outlet see this video¬†


The red wire is really just red for the picture. If you’re using a 12/2 wire you would simply just use the white and the black wires to power the outlet and the bare copper for the ground that I show here in brown. Don’t think you can just use two separate breakers. It just doesn’t work that way.


Important: This setup is does not use a natural wire. A natural wire is a return path back to the transformer in other words a balanced. More reason why you can’t add more then one 220 outlet per breaker. And this is considered a two wire setup. Look for are four wire setup also has a good reference on 220 outlets


You may like to read my how to wire a cloths dryer using 4 wire. This setup uses the neutral wire. Click here

Don’t forget to look at how to wire a 4 wire 220 volt outlet.

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