# How do I choose an overload motor relay?

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## How do you select a motor overload?

The overloads are determined using 125% of the FLA, 7A x 1.25 = 8.75A. The maximum allowable size for the overloads is 9.8A. The overloads can be sized at 140% of the FLA if the overloads trip at rated load or will not allow the motor to start, 7A x 1.4 = 9.8A.

## What are the three types of overload relays?

There are three types of thermal overload relays — bimetallic, eutectic, and electronic.

## What are the basic types of overload relays?

There are two major types of overload relays: thermal and magnetic.

## How do you calculate overload?

Divide by the rated full load current from the motor nameplate. This will be the load factor for the motor. If the motor current is 22A and the rated full load current is 20A, then the load factor is 22/20 = 1.1. This means the motor is overloaded by 10%.

## Do all motors need overload protection?

EVERY motor needs overload protection of some type. Some small motors are impedance protected by design. Some motors can be overload protected by breakers or fuses.

## What are 2 types of overload relays?

What are the two major types of thermal overload relays? Bi-metal strip and solder metaling/pot overloads.

## What causes overload to trip?

Causes may include a large change in load (e.g., a scrap grinder is fed too much at a time), misalignment, a broken drive gear, or improper motor drive settings. Power problems (e.g., low voltage or low power factor) also may cause an overload condition.

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