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 with
240V 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 a
240V-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.
- posted 13 years ago