240V to 208V

Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 07:26 pm
I have a commercial espresso machine that requires single phase 208V but my outlet that I have installed is measuring 249volts. How do I make it into 208volts? The book for this machine says it needs single phase 208V. I am attempting all of this in my residential home. I currently have a black and red wire as my hots and a white wire as a neutral on a 3 prong receptacle. Is there something I need to do at the electrical panel to get this down to 208volts? Thanks for any help.
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Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 08:15 pm
The Sticker on the machine reads 208 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 6200 W. Not sure if that helps with any clarity on this question. Thanks again in advance for any help!
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Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 08:26 pm
Try reading this.
Reply Thu 25 Feb, 2016 08:36 pm
Thank you! Sounds like it will work from reading the following: "Note that 208 Volts AC looks and behaves exactly like 240 Volts AC. It is just smaller. Most (but not all) 240 Volt appliances will work at 208 Volts, but you will not get the same performance out of them. If the manufacturer specifically mentions 208 Volts as an operating point (as does FAEMA), the equipment will certainly work. Note that machines that are built for the European market in which the standard voltage is 230 Volts must work at 212 Volts to allow for an 8% line loss."
I really appreciate you sharing that link!
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