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Welcome, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will do my best to help you with your issueDo you have any 20 amp breakers in your electrical panel?
the switch indicates 20 amps but am not sure they can be trusted. that's why i asked if there was some way to test the amp3erage of the actual outlet
No you can't test the amperage of a circuit. If the breaker says 20 amps then that circuit should handle an 18 amp load. You just need to determine which outlet is served by that breaker. And no you can't use the dryer outlet because it's 240 volts and your treadmill is 120 volts
There is no reason not to "trust" the circuit rating the wiring in your place must have been inspected when it was installed
can i trust that if the switch says 20 amps it's actually 20 amps? also, what kind of extension cord would I need to use to connect treadmill to outlet? would be 15 to 25 feet. also is there going to be a power drain or anything because of the extension cord that i need to take into account?
The voltage drop over 25' is minimal. You just need to be sure to use an extension cord with 12 gauge wire
I answered your first question above
Also, what happens if there's other appliances on that breaker? microwave, coffee maker, etc? should i unplug them all to insure the treadmill will have sufficient power and won't trip off
Yes you won't be able to use anything else on that circuit while you use the treadmill since you're about at the max load for that circuit at 18 amps
thanks. if i rate your replies now does that stop me from reopening question if there should be anything else i need to know after i try things out?
This thread doesn't go away and I'll answered related follow up questions after you rate me.
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Rick, I am now using the 20 amp outlet with a 25 ft 12 gauge extension cord. I ensure that the treadmill is only plugged in appliance on circuit when I use it. Treadmill doesn't trip off but power cord is still very hot after 60 minutes of use. Is this cause for concern and, if so, what should i do about it? Thanks for your help
after using treadmill for 60 minutes the treadmill power cord is hot to the touch. can still touch it, it's just very, very warm or "hot". the extension cord is only warm. the extension cord is 12 gauge. it's a ridgid, label says12 gauge, 15 amp, 125 volt
If anything the extension cord should also be what's "hot" if it's undersized. It sounds like the cord from your treadmill might be slightly undersized but what your plugging it into is not undersized given your description. Cords can heat up when the appliance they serve is running for an extended period of time and the amperage it's drawing is near the rating for the cord. If you can touch it it's really not that hot since pain threshold is around 110 degrees. If you're concerned you can try a larger 10 gauge extension cord but I doubt it will make much difference.