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The appliance is a pizza oven with Schuko plug [Picture 1], running at 240V 50-60Hz 2.8Kw. The receptacle is a US 240V 20A [Picture 2] to which is currently connected the PTAC [Picture 3]. Sharing the picture of the circuit panel [Picture 4] and the back of the appliance [Picture 5]

I’ll use the pizza oven once a week and I can not replace receptacle because I live in an apartment. Would this appliance work if plugged in the receptacle shown?

If yes, is it better to replace the cord or use an adapter? I couldn’t find any to buy online.

If not, what other options do I have?

Thank you!

Appliance plug

Receptacle

PTAC plug

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blink blink I can't believe it.

We get so many variations of "I got this European thing" or "can I plug (huge thing) into (tiny outlet)" or "renting as complication" - and the answer is always a huge Nope. Until now.

Yes, you can!

That receptacle is exactly what you need for that appliance.

In fact, if you had the ability to run a new circuit to that appliance, this is exactly what we'd tell you to install.

You might want to buy a lottery ticket :) Luck is with you today. (or skill?)

Change the plug.

It just takes a common NEMA 6-20 plug that has a strain relief appropriate for that diameter of cable. Any electrical supply house will have it, and a hardware store or box store might even.

The only way I'd consider an adapter cable is if you made it yourself with a TUV-rated Schuko inline socket, some 12/3 cordage, and the NEMA 6-20P of course.

Even if you could find an adapter, 99% chance it would be some cheap Chinese rubbish that would catch on fire and kill you with toxic smoke while you sleep. I suppose, if you could find a high-current (at least 2.5mm wires) Schuko "power strip" from a reliable vendor of unquestionable quality (Tripp-Lite, Siemens etc.), then I'd say buy it and change the plug to NEMA 6-20P.

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    I think you mean 'change the plug', not 'change the socket'. – SomeoneSomewhereSupportsMonica Jul 16 '20 at 10:42
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    @gbronner-- I'd get a new cord for the pizza oven because they probably want to be able to plug the PTAC back in at some point :) – ThreePhaseEel Jul 16 '20 at 17:00
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    @GeorgeAnderson Wouldn't it be either the 10/12 or 13/15 breakers? They're both labeled "Heat Pump", and that is a plausible description for a PTAC. – Doug Deden Jul 16 '20 at 18:57
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    @DougDeden Ahh...good point. Could be an outlet for a PTAC. When I saw heat pump I was thinking a mini-split or an outdoor condenser unit hardwired. Thanks for the comment, it's a great one. upvote from me! – George Anderson Jul 16 '20 at 19:00
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    @TemporaryData -- keep a close eye on the cord to make sure it doesn't overheat, and you'll want to be careful with routing it to avoid winding up with a boxload of pizza oven pieces instead of a pizza oven... – ThreePhaseEel Jul 16 '20 at 19:04
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Yes, it's fine, and replace the cord. Adapters can fail and start fires.

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  • Short & sweet. Too short & sweet... You got flagged for length and content. Might want to consider a bit of extra filling. ;) – FreeMan Jul 16 '20 at 11:04
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    They can probably keep the existing cord and simply field-fit a NEMA 6-15P on the end – ThreePhaseEel Jul 16 '20 at 11:54

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