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Old 07-01-2009, 08:02 PM   #16
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Why don't you just get some quotes for adding the electric. It doesn't sound like you are going to do it yourself, anyway

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Old 07-01-2009, 10:03 PM   #17
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...Best to stick with gas appliances in your situation for the time being.
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Don't go with this idea!
And you have a problem with sticking with gas appliances ... why?
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:31 PM   #18
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He said he has pretty new electric appliances. Only reason
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:33 PM   #19
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You can configure an electric dryer to operate on a 120 Volt source.

Be advised that it will take 3-4 times longer to dry a wet load of clothes, when so connected.

If you connected an electric range in a similar manner, it might also work, albeit quite marginally.

The heating elements would only produce their rated wattage, and cooking would be quite a task with limited heat output.
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Reconfiguring a 240 volt electric dryer to run on 120 volts also requires center tapping the heating element. (If you don't know what that means then this is not a DIY project for you.) Neutral goes to the middle and the two ends are tied together and connected to the hot line. The heat will then be the same as the original 240 volt power supply would yield.

Estimate the total amperes drawn at 120 volts to be twice that at 240 volts. (The heating element uses the majority of the energy.) Should this be more than 20 amps (20 amp circuit) then the project is not practical. You would need to string a new circuit for a 120 volt load greater than 20 amps (80% or 16 amps for something continuous or long running like an air conditioner) and if you need to do this you might as well string a 240 volt circuit.
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Wouldn't you need to be able to weld nichrome to center tap the heating element? Or do they already have a tap there?
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I would fish the cables, install the recepts and connect to the panel and be done with it. Gas appliances cost more to buy new. But IMO are the better option. I like gas, but if my appliances are electric and in almost new condition I would pull the trigger. Watch that meter spin.

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