# Can you reverse the rotation of a single phase motor?

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## What causes a single phase motor to run backwards?

There are 3 basic types of electrical motors: DC, single phase AC and 3 phase AC. 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.

## Can a 220v motor run backwards?

Re: 220 volt reversable

And if “hot, neutral, hot refers to the 220 supply, reversing any 2 of them won’t reverse a 220 volt single phase motor and may indeed cause damage. Many or all reversible single phase motors have way more than three wires involved in voltage selection and direction of rotation.

## Does it hurt an electric motor run backwards?

Watch out: yes it is indeed possible for some electric motors to run “backwards” following damage to the motor’s start capacitor or windings. We’ve had an occasional report of an HVAC motor running “the wrong way” or sometimes starting to run the the wrong way.

## 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.

## Can DC motors spin both ways?

DC motors, like AC motors, can be configured to turn in either direction. Their direction can be easily controlled by inverting the polarity of the applied armature voltage by reversing the armature leads.

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## When making a connection do you reverse the rotation of a motor?

To reverse the direction of the motor we simple reverse the phase sequence by switching any to line leads. In electrical terms, refers to a connection where current has only one path to flow.