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Implications of a 5% voltage increase

Implications of a 5% voltage increase

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I want to buy a washing machine to use in my country which uses a voltage of 230v/50hz. The washing machines available operates at 220v/50-60hz.What will be the implication feeding the appliance with a 5% increase or 10 volts more?Would that mean a shorter life span for the appliance?Using a transformer near water sounds disturbing.
pigal7@hotmail.com

RE: Implications of a 5% voltage increase

That shouldn't be a problem at all. Continental Europe used to have 220 V equipment before the "harmonization" where the continent increased voltage to 230 V and the British lowered it from 240 to 230 V. Most of our appliances (including washing machine) was made for 220 V and now run on 230 V. No problems.

The only thing you may need to watch for is reduced life of incandescent lamps. They are sensitive to increased voltage.

Gunnar Englund
www.gke.org

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