Does anybody know of a magnetic door switch that will interrupt power to an electrical outlet if the cabinet door is closed?
I have seen these for LED lights but would like to use for 120 volt electrical outlet. Customer wants to put a microwave behind cabinet door and I don't want the microwave to operate if door is closed.
I have a basic switch made for this on my closet door. It is not magnetic but is for this purpose. When the door closes it pushes on a small probe to cut power to the outlet and when the door opens power is restored. It's basically the same thing as having an outlet run with a basic light switch but instead of a human flicking on a switch the door opening does that for you. I'm sure you'll find plenty of these and easily to.
I more thing to think about, kitchen outlets are generally 12/2 wire 20 amps and most likely the light switch i suggested is 15 amp find one that matches the outlet's amp rating. That's very important and also you realize the clock will always be flashing 12:00.
Any simple spring loaded contact switch at a matching amperage as the circuit would work. It's a worry issue but id wonder about be the responsible party for installing what your basically including as a safety device af your own risk that would be easily thwarted. They could shut the door just leaving it ajar basically closed and running the micro anyway.
I remember this being addressed before here and a good tidbit I remember reading was just stating that you do not advise installing an appliance behind the door but if they demand a receptacle in a cabinet so be it.
Remove cover from microwave, locate the door switch that turns off the microwave when it's door is open, splice in series the same rating switch, and mount it on the cabinet door. replace cover as you found it after running the switch wires out the back of the microwave through a grommet.
I checked with a local electrician supply store. Making this happen is a relatively simple process with under $50 in parts.
This can be done for any amount of amperage necessary.
It involves a magnetic switch and a low voltage transformer. The system can be wired to be always on or always off. When the cabinet door is closed a magnet in the switch pulls a piece of metal forward to create something like a bus bar. When the door is open this electrical connection no longer exists.
As has always been our company policy, the parts and wiring for this set up will be the project electrician's responsibility. We will be in charge of making sure there is a proper path for the wiring to navigate.
Code is code. No exceptions.
No appliance plug ins inside a cabinet.
It doesn't say you can if you "farmer" a switch on the door.
People sometimes you have to say "NO it can not be done".
Do you want that call in the future saying you're responsible for my house burning done.
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