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Bravo Offline OP
Can I apply table 220.56 - demand factors for kitchen equip to laboratory refrigerators? The refrigerators are intermittent in use similiar to kitchen ref's.

thanks in advance.

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I vote no. Refrigerators are basically motors.
I see this being 220.14(C) referencing 430.24

(125% of the biggest motor plus 100% of the rest).

If you are coming back from a power failure every one of those reefers will be presenting LRA at the same time. Depending on where you are, that can be a fairly frequent thing.

I am open to being wrong tho. wink

Greg Fretwell
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I'm going to agree with Greg on this one for the reason he mentioned plus if we are talking about refrigeration type equipment there is nothing in Article 440 that I am aware of that allows us to apply a demand factor.

George Little
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Agree with Greg and George!

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Greg bring up an excellent point. After a power failure, that refrigerator will be running as a continuous load until it gets its contents cooled down. Some of that laboratory refrigerators that I've done go down to way below -100 degrees.

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Bravo Offline OP
thanks guys. I will size 125% of the biggest motor plus 100% of the remainders.

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