The maintenance and handling of electric motors can be complicated for those without the training. However, we can understand those who want to take a bit of that DIY into their hands, especially if you have an older unit out of warranty. With this in mind, there are a few common mistakes that will require expensive repairs or replacements.
If you want to avoid some of the most expensive mistakes, we’ve got four of them listed here. By the end of this article, you will know what not to do with your electric motor.
#1: Do Not Forget Your Electric Motors Maintenance Schedule
All motors that you want to keep alive should have a regular schedule of maintenance. Some DIYers think they can take that schedule and have a good general idea of it.
It’s sometimes good to “get a feel” for your schedule in the early phases. However, electric motors are very much in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” category of repairs. Keep to regular maintenance as suggested by professionals.
#2: Do Not Forget Important Pieces
When it comes to essential parts of your motor, three areas should be part of your regular maintenance process:
- The rotor/stator
- The bearings
- The motor mount
The rotor and stator should have gaps between the two of them. Those gaps should be consistent throughout the motor. If the gaps are inconsistent, you need to move onto the bearings.
The motor bearings are that which holds parts of the motor regularly. If the rotor and stator are having issues, check to see if the bearings are loose or faulty.
Finally, the motor mount is that which holds your motor in place. As a result of regular use, the motor mount wears over time. If the motor mount wears off, all components in your motor might suffer.
#3: Do Not Overlubricate
Part of your regular maintenance schedule should include a check on lubrication. Without lubrication, your engine will rub against essential components, causing damage to those areas.
When you apply too much lubricant to your motor, the oil will trap in the windings, causing the insulation to deteriorate at a higher level. You might also cause the motor to have to work harder to force air through it.
Overlubrication is on this list because it is one of the most common problems you can create for yourself. The owner’s manual of your motor will contain guidelines for how much lubricant you should place. It should also have a lubrication schedule.
#4: Do Not Ignore Common Signs for Electric Motor Problems
If you hear unusual noises coming from your electric motor, don’t keep using it. Weird noises are typically signs that something is going wrong. If you continue to allow this thing to run, it may cause permanent and irreversible damage.
By keeping the suggestions above in mind, you will avoid some of the most expensive mistakes you can make with electric motors. But regardless of our best efforts, there will be a time where you will need to make a replacement. In that case, check out our selection of AC and DC motors on LN electric.