Electrical cord for microwave oven
Asked May 5, 2008, 11:42 AM
I am installing a microwave oven, over the stove type. It is rated at 950 watts. I am going to plug it in to a short 15 amp extension cord, as I do not have an outlet close enough to the appliance (the appliance cord is about 12 inches too short to reach the receptacle). The circuit is 12-2 wire with a 20 amp breaker. I know one is advised not to use an extension cord with a microwave, but I am planning to use a heavy-duty cord. Nothing else will be on the circuit except the sparkers for my gas range and the light bulb in the gas range oven. I presently have a 15 amp receptacle but could change the receptacle to 20 amp. Question: Is a very short extension cord likely okay, and should I change the receptacle to 20 amp?