Can I Plug My Refrigerator Into An Extension Cord

Can I plug a fridge into an extension?

Why you shouldn't plug a refrigerator into an extension cord

Extension cords have a thinner wiring compared to regular house sockets. This makes them susceptible to failing and causing a fire especially if the appliances plugged into it are have a wattage that is higher than what the extension cord is rated for.

Can you use a 16 gauge extension cord for a refrigerator?

I think it's unlikely that your fridge draws more than 2 amps under any conditions ( if you have a tag on the unit which lists watts, just divide watts by 120 (voltage) to get amps), so any extension cord you have will be fine.

Can you use an extension cord with appliances?

Longer cords can't handle as much current as shorter cords of the same gauge. Choose cords with polarized or three-prong plugs. For use with larger appliances, thick, round, low-gauge extension cords are best. For smaller appliances and electronics, you can use thin or flat cords.

Can you plug a fridge freezer into a normal plug socket?

Yes it will be fine, as long as you keep within the current ratings of both the main socket and the extension. As the current draw of the lights is minimal this isn't going to be a problem. This is what extensions are made for, and there's nothing particularly special about a fridge/freezer.

What gauge wire is needed for a refrigerator?

Refrigerator (posted 2010) - 110 - 120 volt, 60 hertz, properly grounded circuit protected by a 15 amp circuit breaker or fuse. #14 gauge house wire minimum, #12 is preferred. A separate (dedicated ) circuit serving this appliance is recommended.

How do I protect my refrigerator during a power outage?

  • Use surge protecting power strips in your home.
  • Install a whole-house surge protector in your electrical panel.
  • Contact your electricity provider about meter-mounted surge protection.
  • Install GFCI outlets throughout your home.
  • Do appliances have built in surge protectors?

    Use a surge protector. Appliance Science looks at how these devices save your gadgets. Your appliances and gadgets love electricity. Surge protectors are available as small devices that plug in between your power cable and the wall socket, and many power strips come with a surge protector built in.

    Do refrigerators require a dedicated circuit?

    The National Electrical Code requires dedicated circuits for major electrical appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, and electric water heaters because they ensure that appliances can operate safely without overloading the home's electrical system. Contact your local Mr.

    Can a refrigerator be on the small appliance circuit?

    2 Answers. In the US, under the NEC, a residential kitchen fridge is not required to be on a dedicated circuit. It is certainly a good idea and best practice, but not a requirement. A fridge can be on one of the minimum two required "small appliance branch circuits".

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