New 115 volt compressor motor blows fuse - can I convert to 220
by Felix Oquendo
(Loxahatchee, Fl 33470)
I just purchase a new Campbell WL371500AJ compressor motor to replace an obsolete one. It runs on 115 volts only and works fine when using it closed to the house. However, I'd like to use it on my shed, which is over 150 feet from the main junction box, but when I tried to run it, it blows the fuse.
I did some research and came up with a few solutions: use bigger gauge wire, but I'm already running 12 gauge electrical wire (10 gauge wire or larger is quite an expensive option); run a longer air hose, but that will lead to compressor cycling much more often; keep using compressor next to house, but it's a huge problem when painting a car.
If I could find a way to convert this motor (WL371500AJ) to 220 volts I could use 12/3 gauge cable and may be the best choice. Is it possible to convert the motor to 220 volts and how can it be done?
Fuse blowing despite new starter and overload circuit
by Timothy Buckley
(New York, USA)
One day while running the compressor, the breaker blew at the fuse panel. 50A.
I reset the fuse switch and tried to plug it back in and was met with the same results, a blow fuse and no start.
I was told by Champion that the single phase starter motors were not great so I replaced it with the updated parts. All new starter and overload circuit.
Still blows the fuse on the box.
Electric motor turns over fine, no seizure or binding that I can tell.
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