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50 HZ and 60 HZ Frequency Power for Home Appliances

50 HZ And 60 HZ Frequency Guidelines: I would not advise plugging a 50 HZ microwave into a 60 HZ outlet because of the electronic circuitry, however as long as the coffee pot has a heating element only and no electronic components, then it should be fine.

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50 HZ And 60 HZ Frequency Guidelines
Electrical Question: Is it safe to plug a microwave and coffee maker both which are in 50 HZ frequency to a 60 HZ frequency power outlet?

Background: Ariel, a Homeowner from Australia.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ariel.

50 HZ And 60 HZ Frequency Guidelines for Microwave and Coffee Pots

  1. I would not advise plugging a 50 HZ microwave into a 60 HZ outlet because of the electronic circuitry, however as long as the coffee pot has a heating element only and no electronic components, then it should be fine.
  2. Make sure that the voltage is the same.
  3. It is always best to check the manufacturers specification label for electrical power requirements and compatibility.

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6 Responses to “50 HZ and 60 HZ Frequency Power for Home Appliances”
  1. ammam says:

    I bough a microwave that is 60hz and I want to use it on a 50hz system, however there is no problem with the voltage, is it possible to do this? or can I make any changes to make it work?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Ammam,
      The 60hz microwave could only be used on a 50hz power system if the manufacturers specification label states that it can be used for both 50hz and 60hz power systems.
      Be Safe,

  2. Michele says:

    My Microwave oven is directly above my wall oven. Both are separate units. When the microwave is operating it turns the oven light on and other things from the oven. Is there a way to fix this?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Michele,
      I am not a microwave oven technician, but what you are experiencing may be due to microwave emissions that may be leaking out from the microwave oven. This could be due to a problem with the door gasket or another problem with the microwave oven. I would strongly recommend having a qualified technician check the microwave oven as soon as possible, and personally just to be safe, I would not use the microwave oven until it has been checked out.

  3. John H Wagner says:

    Our son moved to Tanzania to a mission there. He took his washer and dryer. The washer works fine but the dryer refuses to run on 50 cycles. It is a Samsung DV 419 AEW. Any suggestions on a fix would be appreciated. A check with Samsung and it’s supplier J & J parts failed to produce a remedy.
    Thanks for your time.
    John H Wagner

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi John,
      Unfortunately I have had many similar questions and my recommendation is to not go through the expense of shipping the equipment, washer and dryer in this case, but purchase one there because replacement parts and service will be a problem. Some people have tried voltage converters however the equipment amperage is a key factor and the converter must be built right or from a reliable source otherwise the motor may overheat and burn out. Often people relocate to another part of the world and are not aware of the voltage and frequency differences which are crucial, and most USA domestic appliances will have problems or just will not work at all.


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