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Old 10-19-2010, 03:17 AM   #1
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3 phase electrical question

I had a problem over the weekend and was wondering if anyone can help me figure out why this happened. I have a 3 phase 200 amp meter and one of the fuses blew on the meter. At the time it blew, I was running two cargo refrigeration units and each units is rated at 26 amps and max load of 75 amps.

When I went to the office this morning, I noticed that they were not on, and the machine read "low" on the digital read out. So, I called my electrician and he came out and pulled the fuse and one of the three loads was popped.

Now from what I know, fuses only pop if there is too much power going through them or there is a short somewhere. I checked the wiring and there is no short, do you think I am running too much power out of these units for the 3 phase meter to handle? I just don't want this to be a recurring theme. Thanks. Is it possible that the fuse was old and just needed replacement?
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I have to say, if your electricians could not answer these questions for you you need to find a new electrician.
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Have the refrigeration units themselves been inspected? One could be low on Freon or have some other condition causing it to draw more current than it should and there was an instance when both tried to start at the same time, thus causing a genuine fuse blow.

Are there other appliances or tools being used with that panel?
Stick to your lawn watering schedule until it really starts to pour. After the storm you have only the same number of rest days you always had and then you need to start watering again.

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