Dehumidifier says not to use extension cord

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Old 08-13-17, 06:56 PM
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Dehumidifier says not to use extension cord

I just put a new dehumidifier in my basement. The directions say not to use an extension cord. There is no outlet near where I want to put it. Would it be ok to use one if it is heavy enough? And if so how big should it be? Thanks
 
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Old 08-13-17, 07:02 PM
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Cords can be dangerous for many reasons, which is why manufacturers don't want people to use them. However, they are fine for temporary use. I would recommend to match the cord gauge to the rating of the circuit. Use a #14/3 cord for a 15 amp circuit and #12/3 for a 20 amp circuit. Also, if the basement is unfinished, make sure you plug it into a GFCI protected receptacle/circuit.
 
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Old 08-13-17, 07:14 PM
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Or consider adding a gfci protected outlet where you'll be using it if it will be long term.
 
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Old 08-14-17, 03:47 AM
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You are being protected by the stupidity of the masses.

Dehumidifier pulls amps, not suitable for those $0.99 extension cords that everybody uses.
 
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Old 08-14-17, 04:41 AM
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Suspend the cord overhead, don't let it lay on the floor.
 
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Thanks guys, i will put in a gfci.
 
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Old 08-14-17, 08:35 AM
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Good choice. By definition, temporary use of an extension cord is 90 or fewer days. I certainly need to run my longer than that each year.
 
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