A hot extension cord could mean trouble. Let’s be honest, it’s never comforting to discover that the electronic devices you’ve been using have warmed up to the point of nearly burning your fingertips – and yet, it does happen. Usually it’s an indication that you’ve been scrolling for too long. Whatever the reason for the hot cord, it should set some alarm bells off in your head, and rightfully so! We know devices heat from overuse, but why do extension cords overheat? And most importantly, what can you do to protect yourself and your family? In this article we’ll answer the questions above, and some more. Also in this article, we’ll take a deep dive into the world of hot, overheated electrical/extension cords. We’ll let you know what causes it, when you need to worry, and what you should do when your cord starts overheating.
Why is Your Extension Cord Always Getting Hot?
Just like with most things, the most common reason an electrical cord overheats is overuse. Overloading the capacity of the wire causes it to get hot. It’s that simple. It happens like this: the wire has a threshold for the amount of current it can take. When you surpass that threshold, the current flowing through the wires gets super hot. Depending on how thick the wire is, certain cords can take more current than others. Longer, thicker cords can take more current.
Is it Normal for Electrical Extension Cords to Get Super Hot?
The truth is, it is fairly normal for electrical cords to get hot. To combat this, you can establish safety rules that will dictate just how hot you allow your electrical cords to get. The truth is, it’s better for your electrical cords to NOT get too hot. You want to try your hardest to prevent them from getting too hot. For the most part, extension cords get hot because people don’t use them correctly. People make common safety mistakes and their cords overheat because of it. You’ll want to limit the mistakes you make and reduce your potential exposure to risks in order to protect yourself and your family.
Why Do Extension Cords Get Hot?
This is a great question and there are few reasons extension cords get warm or hot. First of all, a hot cord could mean the cord’s insulation has worn out and can no longer handle the heat of the electrical current. If wear is the cause, the best recourse is to throw out the cord. Saving a few dollars isn’t worth it – just get a new one. Damaged cords cause electrical fires and can be a hazard. They shouldn’t be used and are not salvageable.
The next reason extension cords get too hot has to do with the electrical current. Cords are able to handle a certain amp level – when they are flooded with more, the cord gets hot. Also, when a device has a “high” amp level, it has more of a potential of getting the cord hot. So, if you’re using a high-amperage device it could potentially overwhelm a lower-rated cord. If you have several high-amperage devices plugged in, the potential for overheating is high. When multiple high amp devices are combined, your cord may not be able to handle the current.
How Can I Tell When an Extension Cord Is Overloaded?
The biggest clue is that the cord is hot to the touch. There are a couple of things that may be the cause. First, as discussed above, you might be overloading the current. If you aren’t overloading the current and you don’t have multiple devices plugged in, you should throw the cord away. A hot cord that isn’t being overloaded is a sign of danger. This likely means the cord is damaged beyond repair.
How Can You Stop Your Extension Cord from Overheating?
Extension cords overheat for two reasons: damaged insulation and overloaded current. If damage is the cause, throw away the cord. It’s that easy. You can’t repair a cord that’s damaged in that way. On the other hand, if overload is the issue, simply stop overloading the cord. Buy a new one.
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