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 Posted: Mon May 19th, 2008 06:27 am
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:yikes: the link for appliance magazine dot com, regarding protecting appliances from surges did not work - I was frustrated when I bought two new a/c units, one thru the wall, one casement window unit - I called the manufacturers asking about surge protection and the circuit boards - all I got was brain-dead responses like "you can't use any extension cord" - I tried to explain I dun wanna use a extension cord, but wanted to know about using a surge protector. All I could get out of Whirlpool, or Sears, was to use nothing.

I have heard of whole house surge protectors being destroyed by lightning, along with all of the equipment - what is advised for protecting appliances, such as my Frigidaire front load washer, fridge, and a/c units?

Dennis in San Diego area :poison:

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If all said machines fit the ordinary single phase outlet, there's no real reason why you CAN'T use an extension cord w/surge protection... if there's no other way of getting individual surge protection, just get a good grounded extension cord with thick wire gauge, and not too long, one for each machine (sure not to overload the circuit or cord).... check that they have surge protection, and NOT GFI because GFI is no good with any of the said devices.

Well, at least back here, there are no legal regulations against using any appliance on an extension cord as long as the current handling capacity is sufficient, and care is observed to not damage the cords. Don't know for sure, but over there, you use half the voltage and double the current mostly so it puts more stress on all connections.
 



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appleimac wrote: :yikes: the link for appliance magazine dot com, regarding protecting appliances from surges did not work...
the link works for me !

or try this shortened link

http://www.appliancemagazine.com/ae/editorial.php?article=1059



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Great information!   I have one of those  plug in continuity checks, which has different lights to determine whether your wiring is set up properly.   Would this be a good check?   My house is 5 years old and most of the handyman types in the neighborhood praise the quality of our electrical system.   I know there is a rod going into the earth with a ground wire attached to it.



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