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Can I get a 120 Volt Outlet From my 230 Volt Well Pump?

Can I get a 120 Volt outlet from my 230 volt well pump and still have the pump operate properly?

Electrical Question from Ray about Outlet Wiring

Received from Ray a Homeowner in Comer, Ga

Question: Can I get a 120 Volt outlet from my 230 volt well pump and still have the pump operate properly?

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question.
Ray you could use a Step Down Auto Transformer but I wold not recommended it because the circuit is dedicated for your well pump alone, and your well pump needs the full power. I often recommend that a separate 120 volt line to be installed to a pump house or the better option is to install a sub-panel at the pump house with a 4-wire service large enough to provide power to the well pump and any 120 volt devices that are desired.

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2 Responses to “Can I get a 120 Volt Outlet From my 230 Volt Well Pump?”
  1. Ken Rap says:

    I would like to run a 30 amp garage heater (Fahrenheit Ceiling-Mount 5000 Watt Electric Heater, Model# FUH5-4) off the dedicated 50 amp circuit I use for my welder (NEMA 6-50). Obviously, I would not run both at a time. My question is, is there a temporary configuration for me to step-down the current (e.g. a step-down transformer) on my 50 amp circuit and plug my 30 amp heater into my existing 6-50 wall outlet when I’m not using my welder?

    Thank you,

    Ken

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Ken,
      The 30 amp circuit for the electric heater would need to be protected with a 30 amp over current device, such as a circuit breaker. You may consider installing a small sub panel at the 50 amp welder plug location and provide the 30 amp circuit for the heater.
      For best results it would be best to install a new dedicated circuit for the heater.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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