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220 Volt Plug Receptacles Configurations

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 These outlets are the ones you’re most likely to 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 the 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 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



outlet chart
outlet chart

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Comments ( 88 )

  1. hello great site, I have a 60 gal air compressor that takes 220v No plug, it was hard wired in. I want to use my generator to power it. my generator has a 120/240 outlet NEMA L14-20R type receptacle on it any ideas of the best way to do this?

  2. I was wondering if I could use a 20a 125v outlet for 220v? The max amps I would be running would be 7.5 amps. The problem I have is the male plug on the cord I’m using, the equipment can run on 220v or 110v, the equipment I’m using runs more efficiently on 220v.


  3. Just a question of terminology. I have an extension cord. One end–the plug–is OK. The other end (into which one would insert a plug) is damaged and needs to be replaced. But for the life of me I cannot figure out what that item is called. Receptacle, outlet, socket? Please tell me what to call it.

  4. I have an oven (not too old: 15 years old) which has the same plug as the one that fits into the 220volt 50 amp outlet, but the house is old and I bet that doesn’t have 4 wires. At the wall, I have an outlet similar to the one listed under the 220 volt 30 amp.

    Can I change either the outlet or the plug to match?

  5. This comment is edited.

    I have a generator with a NEMA L14-30-R 30A 125/250volt receptacle and it has 4 curved plugs on it and one is “L” shaped I want to know if I can use a 220amp 20volt like the first picture here. I could not find a picture of the 125/250v 4 plug in any of the NEMA straight blade charts on here. I went to the NEMA site and found it on the curved blades charts but it has no information on whether I can change this to the 220v 20amp straight receptacle.
    I have pictures but I don’t know how to put them on here.

    Thank you for any help!

  6. very good tec. reading n videos keep up t good imformation. linda

  7. Don’t know if anyone is monitoring this website, but I would like to know WHICH 220v plug configuration to install in my garage, not knowing what receptacle I will need in the future?

  8. Dr. Steve Tassell
    June 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Looking for a receptacle for a new AC. 25amp 240 avc. 2 blade W a round ground. Where can I pick one up at?

  9. The picture that accompanies the link to this article does not appear anywhere in the article. It had an outlet like mine that I am trying to find out more about, but alas there was no info on the type of outlet depicted in the link. Where do they pull these images from if not the article itself?!

  10. Stove plug is 3 prong wall plug there is 4. I have a 3 prong wall plug can I just change out the covers or do I need to change the whole thing?

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