Extension Cord w/Dehumidifier

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  1. Sep 13, 2018 at 3:16 PM #1

    MassWineGuy

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    I need a dehumidifier in my basement asap, along with a condensate pump. Outlets are scarce and I’d have to connect via an extension cord, 15 or 25 feet. I know that manufacturers say don’t hook dehumidifiers to an extension cord, but I have no choice.

    The unit draws about 4.8 amps. Would a 12 or 10 gauge cord work safely?

    Thanks very much.
     
  2. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:06 PM #2

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    Yes, as well as a 14ga.
     
  3. Sep 13, 2018 at 6:33 PM #3

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    I run mine on a 12’ 14ga cord. I ran the discharge line to the small sump that takes away water for the furnace this spring and it has been working great all summer pumping the water out.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2018 at 6:02 PM #4

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    I’m also connecting the condensate pump, so I’m going with 12 gauge just to be safe.
     

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