I have a small AC / heater that runs off a 110 wall plug, the unit does
not have a remote control and I recently found a remote controled plug
that I can use inbetween the wall and the units power cable, if I use
this is there a chance that it will damage the unit?
most remotes are not rated for this use. your device involves a heater
but also a blower motor and a compressor. you will need a remote rated
for probably the 15 to 20 amps of the load of the surge of the
compressor starting up. your device's manual and most codes require the
device be directly plugged into a proper wall outlet. if the remote
fails to provide the proper rated connection overloading it will cause
a poor connection and something in the circuit's gotta give out, from
the device to the remote to the outlet to the circuit breaker.
so how about you change the breaker for that circuit to an arc fault
breaker and that will take some of the the worry out of the remote.
"The 2002 NEC now requires that all branch circuits serving
receptacles, light fixtures or smoke detectors or any other type of
electrical outlet inside bedrooms must be protected by a new device
called an ARC FAULT BREAKER. This includes any circuit serving a
bedroom and the requirement is requiring that the entire branch circuit
to be ARC FAULT PROTECTED by an arc fault breaker !" this and more at:
What about this one?
It doesn't say buy it seems pretty heavy duty.
The AC is a newer model (less than 6 months old) and the cord has a
leakage current detention interrupter as well, if that makes any
That may do, but they're not giving enough info. Contact the supplier and
get the email address of the manufacturer and check with them. It clearly is
made for an inductive load. Look inside your window unit, usually behind the
grill and see what its electrical amperage draw is. As long as the remote
unit is capable of carrying that amperage, you should be fine. Also, check
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