I recently purchased a washer/dryer set at auction. I was in need of a new set due to troubles with our current washer and wasn't all that happy with it when it was working. So, I when I found a Miele set available through an auction, I decided that I had to have them. It turns out that this series of Miele washer, the Touchtronic 1119, has a plug identical to the dryer.
Adding another circuit to the breaker panel is not an option, so I figured that I was SOL. However, after doing some research, I learned that Miele used to sell a 240v/30amp splitter, which didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
I found the manuals online. Each brochure states that the appliances only need 15 amps. Links and excerpts below:
From the dryer manual:
The dryer comes with a 5 ft long, 12/4 AWG cord and a NEMA 14-30 P plug. It should be connected to a 120/208-240 V, 15 A, 60 Hz AC power supply. A 3 pole-4 wire grounding power outlet (NEMA type 14-30 R) is necessary.
From the Washing machine manual:
The washing machine is supplied with a 5’ 3" (1.6 m) long, 4 wire cord, ending in a NEMA 14-30 P plug, ready for connection to a 120/208-240 V, 15 A, 60 Hz, AC power supply.
With information collected from the brochure, I was able to find some images of the "splitter" from an old ebay auction. The seller, thankfully, opened the box to show the internals. See below:
Miele 240v, 30 amp splitter:
I'm in no way an electrician, but that looks fairly simplistic. If I were to build my own, these are the parts that I would buy.
- Replacement dryer cable.
- Metal project box.
- 2 NEMA 14-30R outlets
- Screw terminal, twist connectors, or 3 wire connectors.
- 3AB 15 Amp Fuses and holder!?
Having reviewed the image a few times, I have to ask:
Q1: Are the fuses be necessary with the existing 30 amp breaker?
Q2: And, if they are not necessary, then can I just add a second receptacle to the existing one?
One of the details that I have yet to mention was that the washing machine came with an outlet. It looks like the owner just ripped it out of the wall. I had planned to discard, but after doing all of this research, I wonder:
Q3: Did the previous owners have the same "Just add a second outlet" idea??
As I see it, these are my options:
- Add a second receptacle inline with the dedicated dryer outlet.
- Build my own splitter.
- Wait for another "splitter" to become available, at a reasonable price.
- Bite the bullet, add a breaker and run an extra dedicated line.
Q4: What are the issues and risks with the above options? Possibly illegal? (I ordered them from cheapest to most expensive; I'd expect that the order is, also, riskiest to least risky.)
The inside of the dryer receptacle box (it's a 10-30R) is shown below.