Can stabilizer be used on a washing machine?

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Washing machines need a constant voltage supply. Though they can handle some flunctuations, heavy drops and spikes in voltage will affect their operation, or damage a washing machine’s circuit board.

Stabilizers, on the other hand, are a power supply with the ability to output constant voltage. They can receive a wide range of electric voltage and output a constant voltage. 

Stabilizers protect sensitive appliances from voltage flunctuations. By “sensitive”, we mean appliances with a shorter voltage range.

By that definition, washing machines have a higher range of electric voltage they can handle, and so does not fall under sensitive appliances.

However, though many washing machines can work smoothly without a some variation in power supply, when getting power from a source with inconsistent voltage supply, it is safer to connect a washing machine to an AC stabilizer.

How much voltage do washing machines need?

Most washing machines built for the UK  and international market uses 220v – 240v for operation.

In the United States a rating of 110v – 120v is used. 

Depending on your location and the electricity standard used there, you’ll need a washing machine that’s built for your region.

The use of AC stabilizers, in this regard, is to ensure that a steady voltage is sent down your washing machine.

So a 140v rated washing machine will be able to accept that voltage amount with some variation either up or down.

The same applies to a washing machine rated 220v – 240v. 

If you live in industrial areas with the potential of very high voltage fluctuations, using a stabilizers might be a wise choice.

Never use a stabilizer with a socket extension

Can stabilizer be used on a washing machine

Most washing machines manual suggest connecting a washing machine directly to the wall, without a multi-socket, or a cable extender.

This is to prevent the possibility of electric overload. As multisocket are an invitation to add more appliances to a connection.

Also using a cord extender only increase the point of failure.

Hence, if a stabilizer will be used with a washing machine, it should be a dedicated stabilizer, for the use of the washer alone.

When a stabilizer will not be needed

Washing machines are built to withstand the average voltages in residences. Also they can withstand little increases or flunctuation of voltages.

In this regard a stabilizer is handy when power supply is unstable. If yourf power supply is fairly steady, there will be no need to use a stabilizer. 

Stabilizer usage in this context should be reserved for sensitive equipment only.

Also it is better to unplug washing machines from wall socket if it will not be in use for a long time. However plugging washing machines to stabilizers only increase the possibility of flaunting this rules, as many householders will feel secure with the presence of a stabilizer.

Using washing machines with a stabilizer – Conclusion

Can stabilizer be used on a washing machine

Using washing machines with a stabilizer is an option that should not be frowned at, especially when there is a need for it.

But in reality, it is seldom needed. Washing machines should rather be plugged to a circuit with breakers and surge protectors.

If you feel that you need to connect your washing machine to a stabilizer, you can go ahead, you’ll spoil nothing doing so.

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