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General Electric motor wiring

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I was just given an old cast iron air compressor. It has a general electric motor on it.

Motor specs.

Tri-clad capacitor motor.

Model 5KC184AG201 A

1 1/2 HP

115/230 v

amp 18.4/9.2

single phase

1715 rpm

It has ten wires coming out of the motor. The wires are numbered. They are currently connected as follows...

1/black from cord, 2/3, 4/white from cord, 5/10, 6/7, 8/9, green from cord is grounded to motor housing.

I believe it is set up currently for 220 because it has a plug on the cord that has two horizontal prongs ( - - ) instead of two vertical( | | ).

Does anyone know about this motor ? Is it actualy wired currently for 220, or 115 ? If 220, how do I wire it for 115 ?

Thanks in advance.

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Sam,

Thank you very much. I love an opportunity to learn something new. This seems to be such an opportunity.

While the offered 'solution' there doesn't simply outline which wire number to connect to which wire number, figuring it out for myself from the rest of the page will mean learning more about the motor than just wire numbers. I have to admit, tho... this is one time when I would have been a lot happier with just a wiring diagram telling which number to connect with which number for either of the two voltage options. I have many things to get done while I have the weather for it.

I went to General Electric's own pages about their motors, but found nothing that was even halfway instructive on this old motor. They were, of course, more interested in selling a replacement motor.

Once again, much thanks.

: )

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Luka,

This may or may not be of any help to you but..........

There are several (many) companies is Dallas that repair electric motors. I use them to press new bearings or replace windings and such. I'm sure if there is such a service place in your area, they can tell you how, or show you how to wire it for 110, 220, clock wise or counter-clock wise.

If it's got a 15 or 20 amp plug on it, it's wired for 220. If the plate says it's 115/230, then it can be wired 110. Any other wiring diagram for any other motor will probably not be any help to you. I could give you the wiring sequence for a Dayton motor, but it probably wouldn't work for your GE.

Good luck,

Ed. Williams

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Ed,

Thank you for the reply.

In the information on that webpage, it said that most of these motors have 10 wires, and they are pretty much universal as to the wiring. If your motor has 10 wires, could you tell me how it is hooked up ? Or, basicaly what the diagram sez ? The wires are actualy numbered 1-10 on my motor. I intend to run a 220 circuit once I have the sub-panel in, but it would mean running one all the way up the hill right now, and I am not ready for that.

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I was just given an old cast iron air compressor. It has a general electric motor on it.

Motor specs.

Tri-clad capacitor motor.

Model 5KC184AG201 A

1 1/2 HP

115/230 v

amp 18.4/9.2

single phase

1715 rpm

It has ten wires coming out of the motor. The wires are numbered. They are currently connected as follows...

1/black from cord, 2/3, 4/white from cord, 5/10, 6/7, 8/9, green from cord is grounded to motor housing.

I believe it is set up currently for 220 because it has a plug on the cord that has two horizontal prongs ( - - ) instead of two vertical( | | ).

Does anyone know about this motor ? Is it actualy wired currently for 220, or 115 ? If 220, how do I wire it for 115 ?

Thanks in advance.