Asked by: Ailan Mittelbachasked in category: General Last Updated: 26th March, 2021
Can I use a heavy duty extension cord with space heater?
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Then, what kind of extension cord should I use for a space heater?
For instance, if your space heater pulls 15 amps, you'll want an extension cord that can handle at least 15 amps. This means you'll probably end up with at least a 14-gauge extension cord, but even 10- or 12-gauge cords will work as well.
Also Know, can I use an extension cord for my microwave? We strongly recommend that an extension cord not be used with a microwave due to the potential safety hazards under certain conditions. The microwave should be plugged into its own properly grounded, dedicated electrical outlet to prevent the flickering of the lights, blowing of a fuse or tripping of a circuit breaker.
Hereof, why can't you use an extension cord with a space heater?
Space heaters can generate a lot of energy, with heating elements sometimes reaching 600°F, which means they should only ever be plugged directly into a wall outlet. When hooked up to a power strip or extension cord, the outlet can overheat, causing it to short-circuit or to potentially catch fire.
How many watts can a 14 gauge extension cord handle?
Matching Extension Cord to Load
|Extension Cord Wire Gauges, Amperage Rating, and Wattage|
|Wire Gauge||Amperage Rating||Wattage Rating|
|#18||5 Amps||600 Watts|
|#16||7 Amps||840 Watts|
|#14||12 Amps||1,440 Watts|