I bought this plug-in power monitor four years ago. I have used it all over my house without issue. I should note that it is designed for UK plugs (I'm in Australia), so I've had to use some plug adapters. Because the UK plug adapters are "upside down" compared to australian plugs, could this be switching the polarities?
Yesterday I put it inline with my washing machine plug to test its usage. After I removed the clean clothes, I touched the metal case of the drum inside and received a decent strength electric shock.
I have been shocked before and I would say that this felt like about 50% of the strength of getting shocked directly from the power-point. It was an intense buzzing in my hand which left it sore for 30 mins after.
I used my proximity voltage detector which started beeping as soon as it came near the washing machine drum.
Having removed the power monitor, I've checked all over the washing machine with the voltage detector and it has not detected any power leakage in the drum or case.
4 years ago my washing machine was attached to a power point that burned and melted. I never found out the cause. Here is a picture of the washing machine plug. Could this be causing the wires to cross in the plug somehow?
Can I safely use my washing machine?
Since there is no leakage detected when the power monitor is removed, can I safely assume that it is the culprit?
Is there any way to test if they Neutral wire is touching the drum when the machine is just plugged straight into the wall and my voltage detector doesn't detect anything?