Why is my plug overheating>?
I just bought a second hand window A/C unit. (Bad move, I know...) Its working well, but the plug is getting very hot. When I take it out of the socket, the prongs are hot enough to burn me. The strange thing is that the wire itself doesn't feel hot, only the plug. When I used an extension cord the whole extension cord heated up.
I tried 2 different sockets on 2 different circuits and got the same results. The A/C is 12 amp, on a 16 amp breaker.
Anyone have an idea what the problem could be, and can it be fixed?
Thanks very much!
Thanks for that.
I forgot to mention that I tried changing the plug and that didn't help. I tried it on 2 sockets which work on 2 circuit breakers, so its unlikely thats the problem. I used 2 extension cords, one of them brand new with a capacity of 16 amps (for a 12 amp unit). Besides the plug heats up even when I'm not using tan extension cord at all. I'm trying to work out what on earth could the problem be??
spare one さんによる
Has to be the a/c unit drawing way too much power. The stuff that's not heating up may be rated higher than necessary, high enough to handle the additional load. I would get the a/c checked before continuing to use it.
I suspect you bought a defective a/c.
What would cause an A/C to draw more power than its meant too?
And if it is, why is the fuse not blowing? It's also 16 amps, so why would it hold up better than the plug?
spare one さんによる
Not sure. But the fact that some things are heating up means that you have an electrical problem somewhere. Since you bought your A/C used, it is suspect and should be checked. Since it is portable, you can bring it to a repair shop; you don't have to get a technician to your house.
My AC is doing the same thing, recently the plugs are getting very hot when itwas plugged into the wall. We bought a circuit breaker and plugged it into that one. After 15 minutes or so the AC shuts off also the circuit breaker shuts off . This just started happening like about three weeks. Do you think the plug is not working properly? Please advise!