Replacing old receptacle with a new one for Window Air Conditioner

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cherokee_indian

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Hello,

I am trying to install a Window Air Conditioner. The existing receptacle is a old one. I think it is Hubbell P-1837 20A 250V Receptacle. It has 3 wires: Red and Black (hot) & White (neutral). The new window air conditioner requires 250V - 15A NEMA #6 - 15P receptacle and I bought one from Home Depot. This receptacle has two hot connection and a ground.

At the moment I want to just test if the ac unit is working. Is it okay to connect the Red and Black hot wires to test?
 

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I was able to connect the Red and Black hot wire to brass screws and capped the White wire. The new air conditioner works! Yay!! Do I have to worry about the Ground?
Yes, ground is a needed safety thing, if you do not use a GFCI outlet.
 
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