You want your electric motor to last as long as possible to enhance your investment. The best way to do this is through preventative maintenance. Here are three tips for electric motor maintenance you can do yourself to ensure your equipment will perform optimally.
One of the easiest things you can do is a visual inspection of your motor. By looking at its physical condition, you should be able to notice signs of wear and tear like corrosion or an accumulation of dirt. Inspect the windings of the motor for any indication of overheating. In this case, you’d smell a burnt odor and should have it evaluated by a professional. Look for rust and dust on the relays and contacts. These can potentially threaten the efficiency of the motor, so it’s essential to address them as soon as possible.
Components can become loose during regular use. If left unchecked, they can lead to problems with the motor as it has to work overtime to perform. You should inspect the motor periodically for loose fittings, mounts, bolts, and other connections. Securely tighten any loose components to keep your motor running efficiently.
During your inspection, you should check the bearings for noise and vibration. These can result from excessive wear and tear, a buildup of dirt and debris, or insufficient lubrication. Check the bearing’s housing—if it’s too hot to touch, it’s a sure sign that the motor is overheated or poorly lubricated. All of these signs indicate that maintenance isn’t being performed often enough. If you’re unsure of the recommended frequency, a professional can help.
Regular maintenance will keep your motor running efficiently and reliably. To learn more about electric motor maintenance, contact NB Sales and Service. We serve Bakersfield and the surrounding area.