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Electrical Wiring for a 220 Volt Compressor

How Electrical Circuit Wiring is Installed for a 220 Volt Air Compressor: I am trying to run 10-3 with ground out to my garage to run a 220 volt air compressor.


Installing a 220 Volt Compressor
Electrical Question: I am trying to run 10-3 with ground out to my garage to run a 220 volt air compressor.

This electrical question came from: Paul, a Homeowner from Paducah, Kentucky.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Paul.

Electrical Circuit Wiring is Installed for a 220 Volt Compressor.

How to Wire a 220 Volt Compressor

Application: Electric Circuit for a 220 Volt Air Compressor.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the available access to the air compressor circuit and electrical connection box.
Precaution: Identify the air compressor circuit, turn it OFF and  Tag it with a Note before working with the 220 volt air compressor wiring.

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2 Responses to “Electrical Wiring for a 220 Volt Compressor”
  1. james crowell says:

    I’m running a 220volt single phase 15 amp compressor from an out building that’s connected to the garage. How far can you run 10/2 wire with no voltage loss of power due to distance.

    Thanks,
    Jim

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Jim,
      I have added a link to the article above for the Voltage Drop Calculator to help you with your question about wiring your air compressor. Keep in mind that when connecting an air compressor to a building that is fed from another building that all of the wiring should be considered, which may be a factor for the overall voltage drop.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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