Thursday, April 16, 2015

How To Properly Power Your Window Air Conditioner

As soon as the first hot day rolls around you’re going to crank up the air conditioner and turn on your fans, right? Well, did you know that using an extension cord or plugging your air conditioner directly into a wall outlet can overload the circuit? Don’t end up with a blown fuse, a broken unit, or worse, a fire. Find out the proper way to power your window air conditioner below:

Some outlets, especially those installed in older homes, were not built to withstand the amount of electricity needed to power a window air conditioner. Think about it - old outlets could have possibly been built before air conditioners were even invented.

How can you test your outlets? If you can’t vacuum, cook or blow dry your hair and run the air conditioner at the same time your circuits are overloaded. What can you do if this is the case? Call GEN3 Electric right away and we’ll run a dedicated A/C line and install a new outlet so you can safely power your unit without overloading the circuit or using an extension cord.

At GEN3 Electric, we’ve been servicing the Philadelphia Metro area for over three generations so you know you can count on us! Give us a call today at 215-512-4102 to schedule an appointment today and remember to connect with us on Twitter for all of your electrical needs!


  1. Good post, and most importantly useful. When I pereeha into a new apartment, it is one of the first things that I did. I called the guys They did everything that I needed. Now I'm not afraid of fire. My house in safety. I advise everyone to do the same.

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