# How do you choose a motor overload?

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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.

## What size motor needs overload protection?

The NEC states this overload device shall be sized at no more than 125% of the motor’s FLA for motors with a service factor of 1.15 or more. Use an overload protection device with a rating of 30 amps because the rating cannot exceed 125% of the FLA. This overload protection device can be a fuse or circuit breaker.

## What value should a motor overload be set to?

Per NEC, an overload must ultimately trip at 125% of FLA current (heater) setting for a 1.15 service factor motor, and 115% FLA for a 1.0 service factor motor.

## What is the permissible of overload which a motor can withstand?

For example, a typical electric motor is designed to withstand a continuous overload of about 15% without sustaining damage and has a service factor = 115%. Continuous operation at or above this value will result in thermal damage.

## What are the three types of overload?

There are three types of thermal overload relays — bimetallic, eutectic, and electronic. Bimetallic thermal overload relays (sometimes referred to as heater elements) are made of two metals, with different coefficients of thermal expansion, that are fastened or bonded together.

## How do you calculate overload?

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%.

## How do you select a motor overload relay?

3. Thermal Overload Relay

1. Min. Thermal Overload Relay setting = 70%x Full Load Current(Phase)
2. Min. Thermal Overload Relay setting = 70%x4 = 3 Amp.
3. Max. Thermal Overload Relay setting = 120%x Full Load Current(Phase)
4. Max. Thermal Overload Relay setting = 120%x4 = 4 Amp.

## What are the two basic types of overload relays?

The two basic types of overload relays are as follows:

• Thermal overload relay.
• Magnetic overload relay.

## What is motor overload current?

Motor overload occurs when a motor is under excessive load. The primary symptoms that accompany a motor overload are excessive current draw, insufficient torque and overheating. Excessive motor heat is a major cause of motor failure.

## How do you calculate overload protection?

The overload protection is sized per the motor nameplate current rating, not the motor full load current (FLC) rating. Thus, 60A×1.25=75A. Overload protection shall not exceed 75A, so you need to use a 70A dual-element fuse [240.6(A) and 430.32(A)(1)].

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## How does motor overload work?

The overload relay is wired in series with the motor, so the current that flows to the motor when the motor is operating also flows through the overload relay. It will trip at a certain level when there is excess current flowing through it. This causes the circuit between the motor and the power source to open.

## Do all motors need overload protection?

The NEC electrical code requires thermal overload protection on all motors 1/3 HP and above because circuit breakers and fuses have to be oversized so much to allow for the motor startup current, which is about 6 times the full-load running current.

## What is overload capacity?

The maximum level of current, voltage or power that a device can withstand before it is damaged.

## What are four types of overloads?

A few different types of overload relays include Bimetal Overloads, Ambient-Compensated Overload Relay, and Electronic Overload Relays.

• Bimetal Overloads use a bimetal strip that acts as a trip lever. …
• Ambient Compensated Overload Relays are similar to Bimetal Overloads.