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OVERHEATING OF THE PLUG-IN AND THE CORD IN GENERAL

I THINK THAT DUE TO THE LENGTH OF THE ELECTRICAL CORD IS THE REASON FOR THE PLUG AT THE WALL GETTING HOT ENOUGH TO MELT THE COVERING UNLESS I UNPLUG IT AND LET IT COOL DOWN? WHATS WITH THE OVERHEATING THING??

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  • bently371938 Feb 05, 2009

    I hve over 45 receptacles around the house and garage and they all are fine, # 12 wiring through-out and I still say if I shortened the cord by five feet it would not overheat......bently371938

  • bently371938 Feb 05, 2009

    DIDN'T SAY THE CORD MELTS, JUST GETS WARMER THAT JIT SHOULD,  COULD BE THE CORD IS NOT HEAVY ENOUGH DUE TO THE TRIP FROM CHINA.......MAYBE 14GA OR EVEN 16 GA BUT NOT HEAVY ENOUGH, I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN I REWIRE IT.  ELECTRICIAN FOR 50YRS AND I STAND/SIT BY MY OBSERVATION

  • bently371938 Feb 05, 2009

    THANK U FOR U;R PROFESSIONAL ANSWER, FROM CHINA WE GET WHAT WE PAY FOR AND SOMETIMES LESS

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Poor contact at the receptacle will cause the plug to heat. Look at the plug prongs for any sign of discoloration or arcing. You may need to replace the receptacle and/or plug.

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  • clarkco2002 Feb 05, 2009

    if the cord were the problem, the cord would be hot/melting.......master electrician with 25+ yrs experience....I stand by my initial solution.

  • clarkco2002 Feb 05, 2009

    Your original post.

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    THE PLUG AT THE WALL GETTING HOT ENOUGH TO MELT THE COVERING UNLESS I
    UNPLUG IT AND LET IT COOL DOWN? WHATS WITH THE OVERHEATING THING??"

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    at the wall getting hot enough to melt the covering" with the information given, I still stand by my solution



  • clarkco2002 Feb 05, 2009

    Wow, thats not what it said on my screen...it said..

    Your original post.

    "I THINK THAT DUE TO THE LENGTH OF THE ELECTRICAL CORD IS THE REASON FOR
    THE PLUG AT THE WALL GETTING HOT ENOUGH TO MELT THE COVERING UNLESS I
    UNPLUG IT AND LET IT COOL DOWN? WHATS WITH THE OVERHEATING THING??"

    You stated "the plug at the wall getting hot enough to melt the covering" with the information given, I still stand by my solution

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