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Selecting a Freedom contactor/starter.

NEMA contactors and starters are typically selected based on the horespower or full load amps of the motor they are starting up.  You will also want to make sure you select the correct coil voltage which is the control voltage that is used to tell the contactor/starter to pull in (turning the motor on).  Our Freedom NEMA starters are available with the traditional bi-metallic heater type overload relays (AN16 family) or with the solid state overload relays (AN19 family).  If  you select an AN16 starter, be sure to select a H20 series heater pack to go with it.  These are sold in packs of 3 so you just need one pack per starter.  See below catalog pages for part# selection.

In order to properly size a Freedom contactor/starter, you will need to get the following information:

  • Motor Voltage and HP
  • Coil Voltage
  • Motor Nameplate FLA (for sizing overload)

Per NEMA, contactors for motor control should be selected by HP and voltage, while overloads should be sized based on the motor nameplate FLA.

With this information, products can be selected using the tables in the catalog -> NEMA Contactors and Starters 

The current flagship starter is the AN19 series with C440 electronic overloads. These are preferred over the older AN16 type with C306 overloads.

Direct Links to Individual Catalog Sections 

For more information, see our Freedom Product Overview.