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Safe to plug washer into water heater outlet?

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Safe to plug washer into water heater outlet?

Hi guys. For some reason, the outlet on our washer died (tried on/off on the breaker) but there's another outlet nearby used by our tankless water heater with a spare socket. Is it safe to use that socket for the washer? am wondering if it will overload the outlet when washer and water heater are working at the same time.
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Electrical code does not require a dedicated circuit for either a clothes washer or a gas-fired hot water heater. You'll be fine.
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thanks for the prompt reply!
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MacGyver wrote: Electrical code does not require a dedicated circuit for either a clothes washer or a gas-fired hot water heater. You'll be fine.
The you'll be fine aspect is different than code. Just because code says a dedicated circuit isn't required doesn't mean two appliances won't overload it. Code doesn't require bathroom receptacles separate. But put all your bathrooms on one circuit then use a hair dryer in two of them at the same time and let me know how you make out.
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If it is not required by code, then common sense should decide whether it is safe to share the same circuit. Take a look at the nameplate rating for the two items and see if they can both run at the same time safely without tripping the circuit breaker.
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will888 wrote: If it is not required by code, then common sense should decide whether it is safe to share the same circuit. Take a look at the nameplate rating for the two items and see if they can both run at the same time safely without tripping the circuit breaker.
That's a much better answer!
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will888 wrote: If it is not required by code, then common sense should decide whether it is safe to share the same circuit. Take a look at the nameplate rating for the two items and see if they can both run at the same time safely without tripping the circuit breaker.
im not at home yet but what should i look out for on the nameplate?
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Presumably your tankless water heater is gas, and the plug just runs the electrics and exhaust fan on it?

If that is the case, there is no way in hell the washer and the water heater will even remotely come close to overloading the circuit. They will probably draw a whopping total of about two, maybe three amps when running at the same time.

Maybe if you plug in the toaster and run the kettle at the same time...
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