Best places to plug in Portables for Carpet Cleaning

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I now keep the Rotovac CFX as a back up in my box truck. So I was wondering where the best places are to hook up cords through out a home. Any help appreciated.

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For RESIDENTIAL:

If you have a converter box that converts a 240v circuit into 2 120 volt 20 amp circuits, those are the best to start with.

If you're having to use individual outlets, here's where to start, these are all usually 20 amp service.

1.) Kitchen
2.) Washer machine
3.) Service room / Furnace room
4.) Some GFCI outlets located in bathrooms
5.) Dedicated microwave outlet

Other than the above, I would recommend taking a look at the breaker box itself to see if it's labeled with all the 20 amp circuits in the house.

For COMMERCIAL:

Note: Most all commercial buildings run 20 amp circuits. Unless you're on a circuit that already has appliances running on it, you should be ok.

If you're running a portable extractor on a job, you should always know or ask where the breaker box is. There's nothing worse than getting half way through and having no power.
 

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I usually just go straight for GFI's (kitchens and baths...separate circuits if running 2 cords) .If it is an older home, then go take a look at the breaker box and look for the highest amp circuits.
 

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fridgerator and laundry room use the washer outlet and use extension chords ask if you can use the fridge outlet also.
NO. Do not use the refrigerator outlet. The refrigerator is using it, and that is a guarantee circuit pop if you pull the fridge out. Even if it would work, you do not pull a customer's fridge away from the wall and stand a chance of damaging their kitchen floor.

The garage is good, providing they don't have a garage fridge, or freezer.

The kitchen is good, unless there are coffee makers plugged in, or small appliances running.

The washer circuit is good as it is dedicated, as long as the homeowner is not doing laundry, and providing they don't have one of those monster washers that is hiding the outlet (do not pull out their washer either).

I also wouldn't ask the homeowner where their breaker/fuse box is either, unless you've popped a breaker/fuse. You don't want them to think you are there to draw BIG amps doing their job.

I usually plug into the garage (providing they don't have a garage fridge, or freezer), as that is where I usually enter the house with hoses going inside.

How many amps does the CFX draw?
 

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Some great advice above.

However, I would not touch a 230/240v Washer/Dryer outlet with a ten foot pole. Bottom line to seriously consider: The Liability of doing so could easily put you out of business. If one has to do this to run his machine, then he has the wrong system.

The very best to all;
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Some great advice above.

However, I would not touch a 230/240v Washer/Dryer outlet with a ten foot pole. Bottom line to seriously consider: The Liability of doing so could easily put you out of business. If one has to do this to run his machine, then he has the wrong system.

The very best to all;
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What liability are you referring to?
 

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My wife plugs has plugged in washers and dryers for 30 years. Never had a problem Ed. So where is the liability?
 

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I will chime in here about not using a fridge outlet for the following reason.
I once got a call from a very (understandable) angry customer the day before Christmas.
It seems my tech unplugged their extra fridge to plug in a cord a few days prior and forgot to plug it back in.
All her Christmas dinner fixings were spoiled when she went to take them out.

Another electric outlet to avoid if possible is any outlet wired to a wall switch as they tend to be a lighter wire.
 

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I just sort of plug into the wall. Just sayin'

If it 'pops' I fix it. Then I find out where it wont pop by using another wall thingy. Why do we work so hard to work so hard.
 

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Most newer homes have plenty of 20 amp circuits except in areas like the dining room, hall, or entryway outlets. The safest place to plug in is the washer outlet, kitchen, and bathroom outlets. GFCI's are good too but if it pops I wouldn't use it after resetting it.

Funny thing is coming across 20 amp outlets here the breaker is weak and pops. :eek: I've come across a few of those.

My Mytee M5 has the light on the control panel that lights up when you have two good 20 amp circuits so unless it's a weak breaker, I have no problems.

When in doubt ask to see the breaker panel so you can be sure!
 

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For residential I plug my heater cord to the garbage disposal "After informing the customer." Then I plug into any other outlet not being used by computers or any electrical in use to run vac and pump. So far I have had good luck with that.
 

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I just sort of plug into the wall. Just sayin'

If it 'pops' I fix it. Then I find out where it wont pop by using another wall thingy. Why do we work so hard to work so hard.
C'mon your kidding right? We work hard to be more professional and efficient.
 

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You guys are lucky. Where I live the house/condo/apartment have no 20 amp plugs.
We use kitchen & bathroom. But first we ask where the breakers are :)
You're still way ahead..even with that because...lol...I went in this old apt last summer THAT STILL HAD THE OLD SCREW IN FUSES! :eek:

Man O man was i glad I didn't blow one! I hadn't seen those type fuses in SOME YEARS!

Just for you young guys...this is what I mean: