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220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations

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

Ok, so let’s 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, let’s say you just bought an air compressor from Home Depot. It requires 220 volts but the plug only has three prongs. You’ll have the two that look alike and will be the two separate hots and other round looking on would be the ground. And of course, more than likely it would be 20 amp.

220 volts 20 amps

220 volt 20 amp

20 Amp 220 Volt outlet

This is a 220v 20 amp outlet as shown in the how to 220-volt outlet video likely to be used this for larger power tools in your garage or shop or perhaps a wall air conditioner.
220 volts 30 amps

 

30 amp 220v 2 pole outlet

Wire Connections for X Y W 240 Volt Receptacle Dryer Outlets The Black Wire attaches to Outlet Terminal X The Red Wire attaches to Outlet Terminal Y The White Neutral or Green wire or Ground wire attaches to Outlet Terminal W

 

Commonly known as a dryer outlet. Of course used for a clothes dryer. This would be used in a wall box with a cover plate (flush mount)

220 volt 50 amp outlets

50 Amp 220v 4 wire

 

In a house, these would be considered the big boy. You’ll find one of these in newer homes for a stove oven combo. This is a 4 wire outlet. See my video on how to install one of these.This is 50 amp 220 4 wire. Better know as a stove or oven outlet Keep in mind, although you might have an oven, dryer, stove or whatever. It may not have an outlet at all. It could be hard wired into the appliance. And that’s fine, lot’s of bigger commercial appliances are known to be wired that way.Tip… Red is hot (110 volts) black is also hot (110 volts) = 220 volts. White is neutral and is the returned path back to the transformer on the road. The ground is just that. Ground to the each and is always used on anything electric. Unless of course, your house is very old in which case should be updated just for pure safety.

 Surface Mount 220v outlet

Surface Mount 220 outlet

This is a surface mount 220v outlet. You would find these in older homes where the installation came after the house was built.

 

3 wire stove receptacle

 

 

 

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Comments ( 88 )

  1. 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?

  2. 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. :P Thanks so much.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Can you put two 220 plugs on one wire

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

  7. 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?

  8. Thank You very much for your vids and info on your website. It helped me to safely install a sub panel. I used a 6-3 wire for my panel because of the information from you. I was sure wanting to use the 8-3 just for the cost differance. The safety of my kids dont have a price so 100 bucks more for the wire was a no brainer. Thanks again for the Profesional help.

  9. THANKS FOR THE VIDEO AND DESCRIPTIONS. I HAVE DONE THE 4 WIRE YEARS AGO WHEN I WORKED FOR NATIONAL RECORDING MUSIC SHOWS ON THE ROAD 25 YEARS AGO AND WANTED TO REFRESH TO MAKE SURE I HAD IT. YOUR INFO WAS AWESOME AND LAID BACK KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ! GUYS LIKE ME THAT DO MOST EVERYTHING IN THERE HOMES NEED YOU TO KEEP US DOING GREAT WORK FOR OUR FAMILIES
    .. THANKS DOM
    FERGIE!!I

  10. Dear Mr/Mrs
    Thanks for your website .I need electrical code for preparation myself in 309A exam as far as I got my temporary licence in electrician field.

    Best Regards,
    Peyman,

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