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Can my 240 volt compressor run on 208 volts?

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Being an Authorized Service Center for a couple air compressor companies I can tell you I have replaced several 240 volt motors because they were run on 208 volts. Not knowing what model you have or what motor is on it, yes your compressor will run on 208 volts but it is very ******* the motor. At startup, all voltages have a dropoff then come back up to their rated voltage. The dropoff is determined by the original voltage and length and guage of lines getting the power from your transformer to the compressor With 208 volts it typically drops to around 190 volts at startup then comes back up to 205 to 208 volts while running. The motor needs the full 240 volts when it restarts and there is already pressure in the tank If the motor's not marked, call the manufacturer and see if it's rated for up to 240 volts or only for 240 volts.

Posted on Feb 09, 2012

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You can buy a transformer which allows all 110v power tools to work from a 240v supply. You will also need to change the plug on the compressor to a yellow 110v type. You can buy transformers for around £25 and around £3 for the plug

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You need to up size your wire. According to one site I pulled up on the Intranet and input your information, which was 208VAC, 15 AMP and 375 feet it said you need #6 AWG wire.

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your motor overheated from too low a voltage if theres a manual reset try this,also replace the two motor start and run capacitors on the motor body

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You have to change the wires in the motor according to the wiring diagram on the motor before you can convert the motor to 120 Volt.

The standard colors you should use would be black and white for line and load and green for ground. If you just have a copper wire and it is not coated with a green coating then you will use the standard copper wire for ground.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010

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SOURCE: We've purchased a Kobalt 60 Gallon, Volt 208-240,

Your compressor is designed to be used in a shop situation (not portable) and is usually wired to a switch box similar to how your central air condenser is wired. It can however be wired with a short cord to a 220v plug. Your compressor motor is most likely wired to the pressure switch so all that you need do is to connect your pigtail from the pressure switch to the wall. You can buy all the parts that you will need at Lowes. You will notice that your motor has two wires going thru the contacts of the pressure switch. The inside cover of the switch will clue you in to wiring but if it does not have an illustration just match the black to black and white to white (110 v lines) and green to the ground screw at the pressure switch. Here is a good web site for another view: http://www.ehow.com/how_5041165_wire-air-compressor.html

Posted on Nov 05, 2010

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