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Can you run a washing machine off an extension cord?

Originally Answered: Can you run a washing machine off an extension lead? Yes, as long as it’s an appliance extension cord rated for the current it will carry. Also, the location where the two cords are connected should be raised up off the floor, in case water leaks on the floor.

Is it safe to use an extension cord for a washing machine?

Washing machines draw a large amount of electrical current to operate. Most user manuals will indicate that using an extension cord for a large appliance such as a washing machine is not advisable. Generally speaking, using an extension cord for your washing machine should be avoided.

What type of extension cord do I need for a washing machine?

Purchase a cord that’s long enough and rated to handle the amperage of the washer. As a rule of thumb, amperage ratings of 10 or below require a 16-gauge cord. For greater draw, use a 14-gauge cord. If you have an unusually long run for the cord, use a 12-gauge cord.

Can a washing machine be plugged into a power strip?

Here are some examples of high-capacity appliances that you should not plug into a power strip: Refrigerators. Washing machines and dryers.

Can you plug a washing machine into a normal socket?

Do not plug your washing machine into an extension socket, only ever plug your washing machine into a mains wall socket.

How many amps does a washing machine need?

Typically, washing machines use 10 amps and 2200 watts but on a single load of laundry, the calculation of watts can be up to 350 to 500 watts.

Does a washing machine need a 20 amp outlet?

Your laundry room should have a dedicated circuit of at least 20 amps. If you have a gas dryer, both your washing machine and gas dryer may be plugged into the same outlet. If you have an electric dryer, it will need its own dedicated 20-amp, 220-volt circuit.

What kind of outlet do I need for a washer and dryer?


Regardless of the type of dryer, both require connection to a 240-volt electrical outlet in order to operate. Does your home have the right 240-volt outlet? A 240-volt outlet will provide access to plugs with either three or four prongs.

Can washer and dryer be on same outlet?

As a general rule. you can plug a washer and a dryer on the same circuit as long as the the combined rated wattage for both units do not exceed 1,000W (1.0kW). This rule automatically rules out the use of electric dryers as their heaters are often rated at 1,500W (1.5kW) or even higher.

Should a washing machine be plugged into a GFCI outlet?

It is possible for homeowners to believe that a washing machine requires a GFCI outlet. If you only have a washing machine in the laundry room, GFCIs are not required. A GFCI outlet is required if the sink is within six feet of the washing machine outlet.

Can a fridge and washing machine be on the same circuit?

Refrigerators are considered noncontinuous duty loads. Loads that draw current for less than three hours at a time are allowed to be on the same circuit with other noncontinuous loads, as long as the total load does not exceed the circuit breaker rating.

What appliances need a dedicated circuit?

Dedicated circuits are highly recommended for all these devices:

  • Electric oven, stove, or range.
  • Refrigerator.
  • Stand-alone freezer or chest freezer.
  • Dishwasher.
  • Microwave.
  • Garbage disposal.
  • Toaster oven.
  • Countertop convection oven.

Can a washing machine and a freezer be on the same circuit?

They will be fine on the same 20A circuit.

Can a refrigerator be plugged into an extension cord?

While most small appliances can be plugged in to an extension cord with no problem, that isn’t the case with a refrigerator. Refrigerators are huge and need a lot of energy to run and thus a regular extension cord may not be able to take on the job and be a fire hazard to boot.

Why do some appliances say not to use an extension cord?

Certain high wattage appliances should not use an extension cord when possible (check the owner’s manual). Using an extension cord on these appliances could cause excessive heat and voltage drop, this could damage the appliance or motor.

Are appliance extension cords safe?

Conclusion. Appliance extension cords can be as safe as anything else in your home. Proper care and knowledge can keep you and your home protected from electrical shocks and fires. Remember to use safety-rated products to prevent unwanted injuries.