Microwave Oven Power Source
The Electrical Circuit Power for a Microwave Oven – When the power is on all the time, these circuit components will maintain a constant temperature and the state of the components will be constant.
Microwave Oven Power – Can It Be Switched On and Off?
Electrical Question: This is more of an electronics question.
Will cycling the electric circuit power from a switched outlet cause damage to a microwave oven?
The power is turned on before the oven is used then turned off when done.
This electrical question came from: David, a Electrician from Honolulu, Hawaii
Thanks for your electrical question David.
Microwave Oven Power Source
David, when there are internal electronic power components, such is found in a microwave oven, I would bet that a constant supply of the circuit power would be best. When the power is on all the time, these circuit components will maintain a constant temperature and the state of the components will be constant, such as capacitors. If the power to the microwave oven is cycled on and off and these components cool off and discharge, then there could be the possibility of an eventual breakdown or shortened life span for the electronic components withing the microwave oven. You may want to consult with the manufacturer of the microwave oven for their circuit power specifications as well.
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Wiring a Switch for an Air CompressorWayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.
Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.
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