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The plug that goes into the wall heats up to a pretty hot temperature, therefore i have to unplug it. I can only have it plugged in for about an hour. why is the cord heating up??

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This is caused by High Resistance. Causes of high resistance could include:
- poor connection....the wall socket may need to be replaced. If you plug it into a couple of other sockets in the house and it continues to overheat, then it is probably NOT the socket.
- broken wires in the cord near the plug end.....replace the plug or the entire cord. NOTE: it is important to make sure the new cord has the proper gauge wire for the amount of amperage on the load.

I hope you find this helpful to you. Good Luck in your endeavor! :-)

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