so- it's hot out
we haz an air conditioner.
but we can't use it
we live in a 1 BR apt.
The AC is installed in a LR window. Right near the window is a 220v outlet (The building super checked the voltage - it has two slanted slits at the top and one straight slit at the bottom center).
But our AC is 110v (15A), with a regular 3-prong plug (Type B?).
The closest three prong 110v outlet is about four feet beyond the AC's cord, so we have been using an extension cord. It is a bit long (12'), and the basic indoor cord for large appliances (not a lamp cord - it is the same as the AC's cord, 14 gauge, SPT3).
1. Apparently, the living room's sockets and the kitchen are all on the same circuit.
We have about five circuits in our box; when the AC is used with the TV or even a small kitchen appliance (toaster, coffee machine), it trips the circuit breaker.
2. My wife noticed the AC's power cord and the extension cord get really hot when the AC has been on for no more than an hour (they feel warm very soon after starting it up...this doesn't seem to happen when it;s just the intake fan on, only when the cooling setting is used).
Recently the AC just shut off one night. no circuit break, the unit just stopped.
The next day it started up again, so I am guessing the cord just got too hot?
If we have to just live without AC in this apt. I'd prefer that to dying in an electrical fire. But I'm pissed - with five circuits, why are the LR and kitchen on the same 20A circuit?? What the hell are the other circuits for? One for the bathroom? One for the bedroom? There's hardly anything at all in those rooms, besides a lamp.
Some have suggested using our AC with a new 12 gauge or 10 gauge extension, and a shorter one (6'?).
Others say the extension cord is irrelevant and it is the apartment's wiring that is at fault. One person told me Code states the kitchen must by law be on its own circuit and we should call the landlord and have them rewire it for safety.
Another thought - I am guessing the 220 v socket might be on its own circuit? Is there any way to tell from the circuit breaker box?
If it is, I am tempted to just go out and buy another AC - 220 v and use that!
Or, can we use a converter and an adapter (for the three-prong to 220v outlet) to use our AC with the 220v outlet?