If using a contactor for three- phase motors with a single-phase motor, can just the hot (120 V) line be passed through the contactor, with the neutral and ground bypassing it? I believed the concept for circuit breakers is applicable in this case too.
1\$\begingroup\$ I don't see why not. \$\endgroup\$– DKNguyenJul 21, 2020 at 19:07
3\$\begingroup\$ You can switch neutral with it too but never switch the ground / earth wire. \$\endgroup\$– TransistorJul 21, 2020 at 20:25
\$\begingroup\$ For clarification, with a device using a hot, neutral, and ground wire, there is no danger in leaving the neutral wire unbroken? My conclusion was that this only poses a risk if two devices share a common neutral. \$\endgroup\$– coolroJul 21, 2020 at 21:40
4\$\begingroup\$ Current UL regulations require that neutral be disconnected from AC line power as well as each phase. Ground is NEVER disconnected. \$\endgroup\$– user105652Jul 21, 2020 at 22:45
2\$\begingroup\$ When a single phase motor is to be controlled using a three phase contactor and bimetal overload relay, the line is to be wired through 2 contacts in series and the neutral through the third. This is covered in detail at electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/463051/… \$\endgroup\$– vu2nanJul 22, 2020 at 5:57
When a single-phase motor is to be controlled using a three-phase contactor and a bimetal overload relay, the line is wired through two contacts in series and the neutral through the third.
This is covered in detail at Does only wiring 2 poles of a 3 pole overload relay have any effect?