Stumped by the Code? Motor Control Circuit Overcurrent Protection

Stumped by the Code? Motor Control Circuit Overcurrent Protection

Your most pressing National Electrical Code (NEC) questions answered

All questions and answers are based on the 2011 NEC.

Q. What is the Code rule for motor control circuit overcurrent protection?

A. Motor control conductors that aren’t tapped from the branch circuit protective device are classified as a Class 1 remote-control circuit, and they must have overcurrent protection in accordance with 725.43 [430.72(A)]. This section of the Code states that overcurrent protection for conductors 14 AWG

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