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Old 11-26-2003, 05:33 PM   #1
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I'll start by saying hope every- one enjoys every-thing on this coming Turkey-Day.
I've read alot of the forums looking for my problem and perhaps I missed it.
While running a dehumidifyer and small oil type electric heater
[home depot].The wall outlets feel warm. Contributing the high
draw of amperage w/these two units, I disconnected them both
and then checked the outlets the next day.
It now seems the only outlet still warm to the touch is the one above the stove/sink.
Naturally I unplugged the shore power to be on the safe side.
My univolt is located next to the stove and closest to the outlet
that was warm to the touch while on shore power.
Could the univolt be to blame or something more sinister!
I'em just a wood butcher!
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Old 11-26-2003, 05:42 PM   #2
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HOT ?

Depends on what you mean by hot.
Warm could well be normal, hot is not normal unless you were drawing max amps and on the verge of overloading.

Unpluged and warm is not normal unless you were on the sun side. There is less insulation right at the outlet and it could be heat transfer from the skin.

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Old 11-26-2003, 05:43 PM   #3
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Hmmmmmm Might want to check and see if you have Aluminum wiring. Not sure what years that was in use but many folks have had problems. Do a search on "Aluminum Wire". Should come up with several posts.
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Old 11-26-2003, 06:03 PM   #4
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No, the outlets we not hot, just warm.I did contribute the warmth to the two units working, but did not consider the aluminum wire aspect. I will check that asp! thank you.markus
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Old 11-26-2003, 09:38 PM   #5
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CHECK FOR A LOOSE CONNECTION WHERE THE WIRE CONNECTS TO THE OUTLET. ALSO CHECK FOR ANY CORROSION OF THE WIRE OR CONNECTION SCREWS.

EITHER CONDITION COULD GENERATE RESISTANCE WHICH WILL ELEVATE THE TEMPERATURE.
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Old 11-29-2003, 05:06 PM   #6
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Just a quick update on my wall recepticals.When I checked the "receps" , I noticed they were installed useing what I would call the strip n stick method, meaning, that they used the option some receps have on the back were you just stick the end of the striped wire in a self locking hole as oposed to use the tryed and true method useing the screws to attach the wire.
I checked all of my outlets and they were wired this way, I promptly reattached the wires useing the screws and the problem was solved. I could tell the connection was more secure using the screws, no more lose connection. Thanks for the imput.
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