Garage Refrigerator and Freezer w/ extension cord


Old 03-11-19, 08:21 PM
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Garage Refrigerator and Freezer w/ extension cord

I have to relocate my garage refrigerator and chest freezer to the backside of the garage which will force me to use an extension cord approximately 25-50'. Can I run 2 extension cords for each unit? What gauge do I need? How do you calculate?
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Old 03-11-19, 08:26 PM
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Unfortunately we can only advise you of the proper method and that is to run a new circuit or extend the receptacle circuit. Extension cords are rated strictly for temporary use.

If I have to advise on the size of cords for temporary use ...... I recommend #12 gauge cords.
Old 03-11-19, 08:26 PM
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The instructions included with the units will say not to use extension cords.. The electrical code calls for those instructions to be followed. Why couldn't receptacles be installed where needed?
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Pure laziness sir. Pure laziness.
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For this application, one fourteen gauge extension cord for each will work just fine.

The caveat to not use extension cords is for low information voters who might try to use one sixteen gauge extension cord for both appliances plugged into the far end.
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But........I would only use extension cords temporarily till the proper receptacles could be installed. By the way, they must be GFCI protected.

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