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Extension Cord Problem with Kitchen Appliances

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9:36 pm
January 13, 2009


WorkinMan

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After about 5 minutes we started smelling a burning smell. We turned the crock pot off and assumed that the unit was defective. We later tried plugging it in to a normal outlet and it seemed to be working but the burnt smell lingered.
Later we plugged in our toaster to the same extension cord and it started to burn the unit.
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You probably have a bigger problem than the crock pot.  It sounds like you have a wiring problem with an unsafe wiring delivering too much current to the outlet.  The simple heating elements and circuitry of the toaster and the crockpot just pull the available current and convert it to heat.  They are being overwhelmed by the available currrent.  Left plugged in they are likely to start a fire.   The microwave is a bit more robust.  Probably doing power conversion with a transformer and able to handle a greater range of power inputs, and thus survive the funky powersource.
You could buy a small multimeter from your local hardware store and measure the voltage and current in the outlet, but a better bet is to call your landlord,  tell him you have an unsafe electrical problem and a fire hazard and have him send an electrician over to check out the electrical system.   I would strongly recommend not using that outlet or neighboring outlets (that includes any on the opposite side of that wall in another room) until it is checked out.

2:36 pm
January 13, 2009


amcelmer

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I recently moved into a new apartment. It's not the nicest apartment but it's inexpensive. It's also very cheap, for instance there is only one outlet in the kitchen… Recently my wife and I tried cooking a roast in our crock pot. We bought a 3-prong extension cord from walmart and started the crock pot. After about 5 minutes we started smelling a burning smell. We turned the crock pot off and assumed that the unit was defective. We later tried plugging it in to a normal outlet and it seemed to be working but the burnt smell lingered.

Later we plugged in our toaster to the same extension cord and it started to burn the unit. We unplugged this one faster than the crock pot so we don't think it sustained any damage. We then used it later in a different outlet and no burning of the unit occured.

So we're trying to figure out what went wrong. Just one more story. We used our new microwave in the extension cord and that worked just fine. No burning, no problems, nothing went wrong it worked fine.

So did we use the wrong extension cord for the toaster and crock pot? What should we do? And will the crock pot need to be replaced or can we still use it in the future?

Any and all help will be appriciated thanks!



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