My shop is on our property. We currently have single phase 240V, but are switching over to 3-phase. I have 2 choices. I can either go with240V 3-phase. Or get them to do 208V 3-phase. This feeds our House, well pump (20 years old now) and my shop. We have 2 meters (shop & house)
Question is. I would prefer to go with 208V, then I don't need a240V-208V buck transformer. (I don't have one now, but that is another story) But, accord to the electric company guy, most people don't like 208V as the 220V devices, stove, Air conditioner, etc don't work as well. stove takes longer to heat etc..........??
Also it means slightly higher current draw. What I am most concerned about is the well pump. I am surprised it has lasted this long, and not looking forward to replacing it. Higher current/lower voltage means shorter motor life, right? Heat kills motors.
Anyone have any experience with 208V vs 240V, that justifies getting a buck transformer? They are not cheap, for a silly 20% step down box-heater.