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Friedrich Room A/C Model: PH14B - Advice on extension cord

EastCoaster

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First time poster here, to what looks like a very useful forum.

I have the following portable a/c unit:

Friedrich Model: PH14B
13,500 btu - 9.5 EER ZoneAire series portable room air conditioner with reverse cycle Heat Pump
Plug says 15 AMP, 120 Volts (manual says 125 Volts), 1800 watts

What specs should I have for an extension cord, should one be necessary, to ensure safety? Should it be 12 gauge or 14 gauge? And any limits on length (Would six feet to 10 feet be safe)?
 

rickgburton

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While a 14-gauge cord can handle that much current without overheating, a 12-gauge cord is safer and a 10-gauge cord even more so. Keep in mind that extension cords are recommended only for temporary use with an air conditioner. If the unit is permanent, you should replace the cord or install a new outlet.
 
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