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Device to disable an outlet / appliance for a period of time on activation?

Device to disable an outlet / appliance for a period of time on activation?

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Old 08-22-15, 11:05 AM
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Device to disable an outlet / appliance for a period of time on activation?

Hi, I'm wondering if there's such a thing as this:

I'd like to be able to disable an appliance (a noisy fridge, in this case) for a period of time *without* unplugging it (as I tend to forget to plug it back in). Ideally, it would be something like an electrical timer, but in reverse: I plug the device into the wall, the fridge into the device, and by pushing a button on the device I can disable the circuit for a period of, say, an hour.

Does this exist? What would it be called? If not, could I make something like it?
 
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Old 08-22-15, 11:08 AM
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Welcome to the forums.

Wouldn't it be better to fix the noisy fridge ?
That type of timer would probably have to be built.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 11:21 AM
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Hi and thanks. This is an apartment fridge, and I don't think there's anything actually wrong with it, it just isn't exactly the quietest thing in the world. It's an open floor plan and sometimes if I'd like it very quiet, I just unplug it.

Unfortunately, that means that sometimes I forget to plug it back in for a while.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 11:25 AM
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Some home automation systems have controllable receptacle options.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 11:26 AM
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Was also thinking of just building something with an Arduino.
 
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Old 08-22-15, 11:28 AM
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Old 08-23-15, 08:14 AM
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A mechanical timer such as this-

Intermatic TN311 15 Amp Heavy Duty Grounded Timer

@ amazon.com
 
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Old 08-23-15, 01:17 PM
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Noisy Appliance

I have a noisy dehumidifier in my basement directly underneath our bedroom. I use a mechanical timer such as the one mentioned above to run the dehumidifier during the day and turn it off at night.
 
 

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