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Author Topic: washing machine power outlet regulations  (Read 103 times)

Offline kellonnie

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washing machine power outlet regulations
« on: August 13, 2012, 03:51:56 AM »
I know thismay sound stupid but..... i work on a base and in this motel type building there are 2 washers plugged into one outlet. one of the washers is having major problems(no suprise) what i need is the technical way to explainto these ppl that this cannot be done. any help plz?

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Re: washing machine power outlet regulations
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2012, 07:43:19 AM »
may vary by local electrical codes ..
get a copy from the local city hall,
OR if this is a military service base ..
 
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Re: washing machine power outlet regulations
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2012, 07:48:05 AM »
What kind of washer? What kind of problems you having with it?

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Re: washing machine power outlet regulations
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2012, 07:51:48 AM »
yes it is a military base, its a speed queen commercial quality washer.     

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Re: washing machine power outlet regulations
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2012, 10:41:15 AM »
Technically, each washer should be on it's own 20 amp circuit.  But, in most cases, two washers on the same 20 amp circuit will cause no problems. If it was drawing too much power, it would just trip the breaker.  A topload washer in fast spin draws about 9 amps.  So, two washers on spin drawing 18 amps won't trip the breaker.  If those washers were on a 15 amp circuit, then you would probably be overloading the circuit.  The best way to explain it to them would be to find the installation manual and show it to them. If you post the model number, I'll look for a manual.

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Re: washing machine power outlet regulations
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2012, 12:43:23 PM »
Their is a special breaker you can buy that is sometimes used in the kitchen where the dishwasher and disposal are on the same line. This 120 volt double breaker allows for 2 circuits without rewiring. What you do is bust the outlet in half and run a separate hot leg to both. You need an electrician to do it.
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Re: washing machine power outlet regulations
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2012, 09:11:14 PM »
im sorry it took me so long to reply, i had 186 new machines delivered to my house that had to be unpackaged prepped delivered and installed, plus brag has 3 buildings the were re plummed and one the machines had to  be moved due to retiling of the floors, plus of course the broken stuff, so i have been swamped. so now machine count is 3994 total machines.  so anyway this particular building is a guest motel on base, i find the maids are the very worst offenders in the world, if a machine has out of order sign on it, you can bet your ass they are using it. also i find 4 yes 4 queen size blankets per load in the machines. so of course they go thru a ton of helix and pulleys and a ton of roller bearings....but this particular problem turned out that the belt that comes with the idler pulley kit is a tad to tight, ive used these kits on other machines on base without issue but this particular one it was too tight causing the issue.  although thisis an old building and since i uncovered the second outlet i have the machines on their own outlets,   

 

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