Opinion on surge protector for washer/dryer


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Old 06-06-20, 07:06 AM
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Opinion on surge protector for washer/dryer

I have currently 2 cheap old inline surge protectors for washer/dryer. One each plugged inline from GFCI outlet.
Just wondering if people use surge protectors for washer and dryers. And if so what devices. I have not found any newer inline surge protectors that would allow to be plugged in side by side in one GFCI.
 
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Old 06-06-20, 08:22 AM
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If you have a newer, computer-controlled washer/dryer, I would recommend a surge protector. It's cheap insurance for a usually expensive repair.
There are lots of options, but something like this popped up first for me:
https://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-Pr.../dp/B006AR2SKW

If you have a simple, dial/mechanical-operated washer/dryer, I think a surge protector is much less useful. There's not much there to be affected by a surge.
 
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Same applies to fridges and dishwashers.
 
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Old 06-06-20, 10:46 AM
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Is there any "code" consideration when plugging in both dryer and washer into the surge strip and use only one plug into the GFCI? Also, considering that the laundry outlet is 20A. Granted, I have only a gas dryer. Don't know total consumption.
 
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btw. I believe what I use currently is this:
https://www.gatecrafters.com/product_detail_21224.aspx

But it is old, and has only 90 joules rating.
 
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Is there any "code" consideration when plugging in both dryer and washer into the surge strip and use only one plug into the GFCI?
Nope. Neither the washer and gas dryer use much power and will be well below the rating of that plug.
 
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I use secondary surge protection for computers , tv, microwave, refrigerator, subpanel, garage door opener and electronic workbench. The main load center has primary protection. I would do the dishwasher but it is hardwired. My clothes washer is old school so it runs naked.
 
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Old 06-07-20, 05:13 PM
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Is there any "code" consideration when plugging in both dryer and washer into the surge strip and use only one plug into the GFCI?
Not a code issue as much as a slop issue. I'd just install a simple whole house surge protector at the main panel that will protect not only the washer and dryer, but the furnace, air conditioner, range, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, home entertainment center, computers and anything else in the house that has electronics. All modern appliances are packed with electronics.
 
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I do have some sort of whole house surge protector. Not sure how effective compared to some other models I saw.
https://www.amazon.com/Siemens-QSA20...0052MGWEY?th=1


BTW. I came across the following plugin surge protectors that appear to fit side by side. Not sure how good and whether UL listed.
https://www.amazon.com/Single-Protec...8&sr=8-62&th=1

in any case I ordered the TrippLite.
 
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Old 06-09-20, 10:01 AM
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If you have the Siemens plug-in protector in your main panel you are already protected.
 
 

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