# Quick Answer: Can an electric motor run backwards?

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## Can electric motors go in reverse?

Switching the polarity of the input voltage will cause a simple DC motor to run in the reverse direction. Switching the starter winding leads will cause a single phase AC motor to run in reverse. A 3 phase motor will run in reverse by switching one leg of the input power.

## What happens if you turn an electric motor backwards?

If you try to stop or reverse it manually, then it will try to draw whatever current is needed to continue running at that speed. The high current could heat the motor to the point of damage, unless the power supply limits the current.

## Can you wire a single phase motor backwards?

To reverse rotation on a single phase capacitor start motor, you will need to reverse the polarity of the starter winding. This will cause the magnetic field to change directions, and the motor will follow. In order to achieve this, you can swap the connections on either end of the winding.

## Why is my 3 phase motor running backwards?

Three-phase motors

If the motor is running the wrong direction, that means it is not in the correct phase sequence. This happens to be an easy fix: all you need to do is swap any two the power leads to flip/reverse the magnetic field, and the most common practice is to switch lines 1 and 3.

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## Can all PSC motors be reversed?

3 wire PSC motors can be reversed with a single pole/double throw switch to reverse. 4 wire PSC motors require a triple pole/double throw switch to reverse.

## On what rule the direction of rotation of a motor is determined?

The direction of rotation of motor is determined by Fleming’s left hand rule