Do you live in an apartment or house with appliances that need to be plugged in? Have you ever needed extra outlets for your Christmas lights, coffee maker, curling iron, etc., but found that the only outlet available was on the other side of the room? If so, plugging appliances into an extension cord may seem like a great solution. However, if this is not done properly, it can cause problems and even fire hazards.
Therefore it is best to call an electrician than risk injury or damage.
This blog post will provide some information about using extension cords safely and effectively for plugging a refrigerator.
Can you plug a fridge into an extension cord?
If someone told me to do this I would say no. It’s not safe and will not work correctly- don’t even think about it!
Why you cannot to plug a fridge into an extension cord? There are very dangerous consequences if something goes wrong with your appliance and power source combination like fire or explosion due in part by how sensitive they can be about temperature change.
A refrigerator can draw up to 25 amps, which is far too much amperage for a typical extension cord. That is why plugging your refrigerator or any other appliance directly cause an electrical fire. Extension cords are thinner wired than standard household outlets, making them more susceptible to failure and causing fire if equipped with more than the capacity of the extension cord.
Remember, too, that refrigerators are left on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there’s no opportunity for the extension cord to recharge.
What is the difference between extension cord and power strip?
- Extension cords can handle more amperage than power strips, so can carry larger loads safely.
- Power Strips are designed to be used with smaller devices like lamps and radios.
If you’re planning on plugging something into your extension cord that’s high wattage (more than 1000W) or drawing large amounts of current, make sure your extension cord can handle it.’
- You can find this information on the label that’s attached to most cords, usually located where you plug one end into a wall outlet.
- It will tell you how much current (A) and voltage (V) is safe for use with that particular cord.
Is it OK to plug a fridge into a power strip?
It is not okay to connect refrigerators, microwave ovens, space heaters, or any other high-amperage device to a power strip. Instead of using an outlet strip, they sell appliance extension cords.
If under some circumstances, like due to built-in appliances or a short cord, the refrigerator cannot be plugged into the outlet, how do you plug a refrigerator into an extension cord? It’s not as simple as it sounds. The best way is with one of these bad boys:
You’ll want to make sure that your fridge has the proper power cable so don’t forget this when buying! Not all cords are created equally, some can be safer than others for use around food and electronics. To find out which kind will work well provide a research before making any purchases or decisions, the main and the first and most important question regarding usage of an extension cord is safety!