Kung Fu Maintenance discusses 110 vs 220 volt laundry clothes dryers.
Today I want to discuss with you the big controversy that’s going with dryers. This is a 120 volt dryer or 110 volt. Plugs into a regular one ten outlet. There is dryers that are made with a 220 volt outlet.
So what’s the difference?
Well what it is is manufacturers are able to reduce costs on the dryer by putting in a 220 volt dryer. The reason. The amount of copper that is in the winding of the copper motors. It takes a lot more copper to wrap the windings of a 110 motor. So for a 220 motor you have a lot less copper wrapped in the windings. Because you can get the drive power out of the 220 voltage. So a little bit different.
220 is not necessarily better or faster drying. You still have your regular coils on the back here. It’s only how the dryer motor is able to spin. It still spins the same way. Heat is still exactly the same. All it is is the spinning of the motor. So once again the difference. The 110 voltage. The dryer motor the coils around the motor will be more windings more copper windings. So the copper adding the cost to the dryer itself. So a 220 volt dryer is cheaper. That’s the story on 220 vs 110 dryers.
Of course 220 dryers will be wired different and you need a different plug. Larger plug outlet for the 220 end. Not every situation is run for that. Mine is not all though I do have empty slots in my breaker panel that I can take out here to add you know the larger 220 breaker for a dryer. As you can see mine is 110 right now. Not in any hurry to change that really because again it just reduces the cost of the machine itself but doesn’t really improve in efficiency or anything. Still got the same heater coil. Same amount of heat output. Just different in the way that it rotates.