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How to replace an old (240v) wall-mount heater with a standard house outlet?

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I have an old house, with externally-mounted wiring in one room.

 

There is an old 'Edison Electric' heater with fan mounted on the wall.

Two red wires are hooked up.

The label says '240 V`.

 

I want a 120v electrical outlet in its place, without adding / changing the wires.

 

Can I do this?

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when swapping plug,

there should be 2 power lines and 1 ground,

disconnect 1 power line and cap it,

check where its getting its juice from,

if from another other, disconnect it there at the source and cap it,

if direct from a breaker panel disconnect it there,

if your familiar with electrical circuits can do it yourself,

if not would recomend getting someone who is,

especially with older circuits, never sure who previous people wired it up,

not difficult, just if done wrong lots of hazards involved

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View Postwhen swapping plug,

there should be 2 power lines and 1 ground,

disconnect 1 power line and cap it,

check where its getting its juice from,

if from another other, disconnect it there at the source and cap it,

if direct from a breaker panel disconnect it there,

if your familiar with electrical circuits can do it yourself,

if not would recomend getting someone who is,

especially with older circuits, never sure who previous people wired it up,

not difficult, just if done wrong lots of hazards involved

 

 

if you have 2 hot wires and a ground 1 of the hot wires must be switched to a nuetral. then the other hot wire hooked up to a single pole breaker.

 

never use the bare ground as a nuetral..cwm31.gif

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2 hot wires, no ground.

I removed the heater and installed a pair of outlets, no-ground types.

 

The halogen lamp / heater I plugged in was MUCH brighter than normal, so I'm sure it's a 240 circuit.

 

Thanks for the info about swapping the breaker, I'll do that before I use the outlet again.

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I have one hot on the brass screw, a jumper going from the other brass to the second outlet, brass screw.

The other hot is on the silver screw, with a jumper going to the second outlet, etc....

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unless the wiring was reconfigured in the breaker panel you now have a 230v outlet ......cwm31.gif

 

what you have could be very dangerous and you really should have someone who understands electric panels or an electrician check things out for you.wink.gif

 

 

115v= 1 hot and 1 nuetral

230v= 2 hots

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View Postunless the wiring was reconfigured in the breaker panel you now have a 230v outlet ......cwm31.gif

 

what you have could be very dangerous and you really should have someone who understands electric panels or an electrician check things out for you.wink.gif

 

 

115v= 1 hot and 1 nuetral

230v= 2 hots

 

 

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Your previous comments have already convinced me you don't have the experience to be doing this yourself.

Too many ways to do this wrong and too many ways for you to hurt your self or others to be doing this over the internet.

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