Overloading an outlet?


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Old 12-17-18, 02:19 AM
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Overloading an outlet?

I have always been told to only plug in a refrigerator into one outlet. What will happen if there is only one outlet in a room and need to plug in a second appliance - a tabletop fan?
 
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Old 12-17-18, 02:50 AM
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A fridge should be on it's own circuit although there are many older houses in the USA where they share the circuit. As long as the circuit is properly sized/protected the breaker should flip if the circuit gets overloaded. The danger then is the fridge will quit running which could potentially ruin the contents.
 
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Old 12-17-18, 03:20 AM
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Even a home built today will have the refrigerator on one of the small appliance branch circuits that serve the countertop receptacles. The fan on the same circuit should not be an issue.
 
 

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