How do you convert 220 volts to 110 volts?


Quick Answer

To convert a 220-volt outlet to a 110-volt outlet, either purchase an adapter or remove the existing receptacle from the outlet box. Either option allows a 110-volt appliance to plug into a previously 220-volt outlet.

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Full Answer

Follow certain steps to remove and replace the existing receptacle.

  1. Turn off the power.
  2. Ensure the power is turned off at the breaker box before performing any electrical work.
    1. Decide how to proceed.
    2. A few options on how to remove or replace the existing receptacle include:
    • Install a new 15-amp 125-volt receptacle by running a two-wire cable to a new outlet box. Splice together the bare ground wires, splice together the white wires, and splice the black wire of the new two-wire cable to one of the hot wires. Ensure the remaining hot wire is taped off or capped with a wire nut.
    • Replace the existing two-pole breaker in the service panel with a single-pole 15-amp breaker. Fill the vacant hole in the panel cover with a panel filler insert. Then connect one hot wire to the new 15-amp single-pole breaker and either use tape or a wire nut to cap off the unused hot wire.

    When making any change to the voltage on an outlet, it is also important to take into consideration the amperage of the receptacle, as a larger wire than required for the circuit can be used, but the breaker can never have a larger rating than the wire. Inspect all aspects of the receptacle before initiating any work.

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