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Code Q&A: NEC Requirements for Branch-Circuit Conductor Ampacity

Feb. 8, 2024
Test your knowledge of the NEC with this challenging question.

Courtesy of Based on the 2023 NEC.

Question: Branch-circuit conductors supplying a single continuous-duty motor shall have an ampacity not less than _____ rating.

a) 125% of the motor’s nameplate current

b) 125% of the motor’s full-load current

c) 125% of the motor’s full locked-rotor

d) 80% of the motor’s full-load current

See answer below.





Answer: b) 125% of the motor’s full-load current

According to Sec. 430.22, "Condusctors that supply a single motor used in a continuous duty application shall have an ampacity of not less than 125% of the motor’s full-load current rating."

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