applicances on extension cords

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Old 11-03-06, 10:20 PM
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applicances on extension cords

Why is it with appliances they say you can never use extension cords with them. I have a wall unit air conditioner that uses 12.5 amps so a 14 guage extension wire should be o.k. CORRECT
 
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Old 11-04-06, 03:08 AM
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"Why is it with appliances they say you can never use extension cords with them. "

Because case studies have proven this to be one of the most leading causes of death from house fires in the USA.

Cords are not designed to be a perminant wireing method. They deteriorate over time, and get kicked arround, or stuffed under something, which causes them to wear out faster.
 
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Old 11-04-06, 03:54 AM
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Also, aside from damage a real source of danger is the attachment caps. They are a real weak point.
I'm sure most of us have seen burned and melted plugs and caps on cords of heavy draw items such as A/C's, vacuums, etc.
 
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