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Old 10-14-2009, 09:40 AM   #1
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I recently insulated my attached, 2-car garage and I am now looking for an electric heater to keep it comfortable. The garage only has a couple 120v outlets and from what Iíve read a 120v heater will not be sufficient. I am looking into getting a 220v outlet installed. The breaker box is in the basement on the opposite side of the house from the garage (about 30 feet). Does anyone have a rough idea of what it might cost to have a 220 line run from the breaker box and an outlet installed in the garage? My other option is that there is an open 220 plug in the basement utility room near the breaker box. Would it be possible/safe to just run a 50 foot extention cord from the existing outlet to the garage and plug a heater into that?

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Do not use a 240v 50' extension cord for a heater
You will need to get a 240v outlet installed

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Old 10-14-2009, 09:51 AM   #3
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Do not use a 240v 50' extension cord for a heater
You will need to get a 240v outlet installed
AS Scuba Dave said you will need a 220 outlet installed
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......from what Iíve read a 120v heater will not be sufficient. I am looking into getting a 220v outlet installed.
This is all well and good, but what about the amperage? How big of a heater (watts) are you considering. "120" and "220" are only half the equation, you need to know the amperage too.
You can't just say "How much to install a 220?"
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