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    Is the neutral in 240v circuit a CCC?

    In dryer and range circuits, is the neutral considered a current carrying conductor for derating purposes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coppersmith View Post
    In dryer and range circuits, is the neutral considered a current carrying conductor for derating purposes?
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    IMHO, either the neutral is unused and does not carry current or it is part of an MWBC and is not counted. However an MWBC may not be strictly allowed to carry 240V line to line loads. The principle that any increase in neutral current must correspond to reduced current in one of the hots would still apply.

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    Does your dryer have a 110 volts load?

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    If it's from a 1Ø, 240 volt system then the neutral does not count as a CCC. If it's from a 3Ø, 208Y/120 volt system then it does count. Since you said 240 volts you're good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    If it's from a 1Ø, 240 volt system then the neutral does not count as a CCC. If it's from a 3Ø, 208Y/120 volt system then it does count. Since you said 240 volts you're good.
    I agree, same appliance generally can be used on either system and neutral will be a CCC if supplied from a wye system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby ocampo View Post
    Does your dryer have a 110 volts load?
    If this is in the US of A, most dryers do. The motor, and computer is a 120vac load. The only load internal of the machine that is 240vac is the heater itself, which is typically around 5400 watts depending on brand. Some machines imported from overseas, such as Bosch or a lot of the 24 inch Apartment units, only use 240vac.

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    Seems to me if the dryer needs a neutral connected, then the neutral is a CCC. If the dryer does not have a neutral terminal, then the neutral remains unconnected and is not a CCC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mivey View Post
    Seems to me if the dryer needs a neutral connected, then the neutral is a CCC. If the dryer does not have a neutral terminal, then the neutral remains unconnected and is not a CCC.
    Doesn't matter. As GoldDigger said above, any neutral current is current not being carried by a line conductor, so the neutral still need not be counted on 1ph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mivey View Post
    Seems to me if the dryer needs a neutral connected, then the neutral is a CCC. If the dryer does not have a neutral terminal, then the neutral remains unconnected and is not a CCC.
    If dryer needs a neutral connected then yes it does carry current. OP's question AFAIK is whether it needs counted as a CCC when it comes to ampacity adjustment purposes. On a 120/240 singe phase system, it only carries unbalanced current between the ungrounded conductors. In a wye system with only two of the phase conductors as the circuit, it doesn't carry imbalance current and has to be counted as a CCC for ampacity adjustment reasons.
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