# How do you size an overload?

## How do you size an overload?

The overloads are determined using 125% of the FLA, 7A x 1.25 = 8.75A. The maximum allowable size for the overloads is 9.8A. The overloads can be sized at 140% of the FLA if the overloads trip at rated load or will not allow the motor to start, 7A x 1.4 = 9.8A.

### How many overloads are required by the NEC for a three phase AC motor?

Since 1971, The National Electrical Code® has required three overload protective devices for the protection of three-phase motors, one in each phase. Diagram showing two overload devices protecting a three-phase motor.

#### How do you size an overload relay?

2. Min. Thermal Overload Relay setting = 70%x4 = 3 Amp.
4. Max. Thermal Overload Relay setting = 120%x4 = 4 Amp.

What is the maximum percentage that the overload protective device is permitted to be set to when the overload device is not sufficient to start the motor without tripping out?

The National Electrical Code (NEC) in Section 430-32(a)(1) allows a motor with a service factor of 1.15 to use overload protection of 125 percent. This allows the motor to operate at up to 15 percent above its normal rating without causing the overload protection to trip.

How do I size a motor overload?

You must size the conductors at 125% of the motor FLC [430.22(A)]. You must size the overloads no more than 115% to 125% of the motor nameplate current rating, depending on the conditions [430.32(A)(1)]. You must size the short-circuit ground-fault protection device from 150% to 300% of the motor FLC [Table 430.52].

## What should a motor overload be set at?

125%
2) Thermal Overload Set Incorrectly-The basic requirement for overload protection setting for motors is 125% of their full-load current according to the NEC; however, it makes sure you read the overload relay instructions.

### What should motor overloads be set at?

#### What size breaker do I need for a 3 phase motor?

Full Load Current: Three Phase AC Motors

Motor Horsepower Size Breaker
10 230V 460V 50 30
15 230V 460V 70 40
20 230V 460V 100 50
25 230V 460V 100 50

How is motor overload setting calculated?

Divide by the rated full load current from the motor nameplate. This will be the load factor for the motor. If the motor current is 22A and the rated full load current is 20A, then the load factor is 22/20 = 1.1. This means the motor is overloaded by 10%.