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Q: 110 or 220 volts for a washer/dryer combo in a condo ( Answered ,   1 Comment )
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 Subject: 110 or 220 volts for a washer/dryer combo in a condo Category: Family and Home > Home Asked by: brandonwolf-ga List Price: \$10.00 Posted: 12 May 2006 02:02 PDT Expires: 11 Jun 2006 02:02 PDT Question ID: 728014
 ```I am putting in a stackable washer/dryer in my condo. I need to pick 110 or 220 volts electrical connection. But I don't understand what the difference would be in choosing one or the other. In other words, does 220 volts dry much faster than 110?```
 ```Hello brandonwolf, to answer your question we must start with basic electricity: Power (in watts) = volts x amps In your condo wiring you have many separate circuits. If you look in your breaker box, you will see the individual breakers labeled showing their capacity in amps. You will probably see 20A, 30A, and 50A breakers. The purpose of the breakers is to protect your wiring from carrying too much current (amps) and getting hot. The 20A (and maybe 30A) breakers are for 110 volt lighting circuits and small appliances. Using the formula above: Power = 110 volts x 20 amps = 2200 watts Power = 110 volts x 30 amps = 3300 watts You can see that you would be limited to an appliance that requires 2200/3300 watts. In the case of your electric dryer the heating element rating would be limited by the size of the breaker and voltage. The higher the heating element rating, the faster your clothes will dry. So if you use a 220 volt dryer: Power = 220 volts x 30 amps = 6600 watts You will have to check and see exactly what breaker size you have on the wiring to your plug at the dryer location. You would want to buy the highest rated dryer that is compatable with your wiring. I would think that the retailer where you are buying your dryer could help you with this. If you don't understand how to determine the breaker size on the circuit for your dryer, you may need to get someone to help you. However, if you are not interested in how fast your clothes dry and a 110 volt combo is more available, there is nothing wrong with using a 110 volt dryer. Just make sure that it doesn't require a larger breaker that what is on the 110 volt receptacle at the dryer location. Please ask for a clarification if any of this in unclear or you have further questions. Redhoss```
 brandonwolf-ga rated this answer: `Excellent work!`
 ```You select whichever voltage is supplied to your condo. It's unusual to have a choice. (Are you sure you have both?) The voltage input should not affect the performance of the equipment.```