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3 signs your electric motor is about to fail

Because the majority of an electric motor’s components are housed internally, faults aren’t always obvious until they become serious. However, there are a few tell-tale signs you should be aware of so you can spot issues before your motor fails and take action.


If the motor makes grinding or scraping noises then it’s likely that there’s bearing damage caused by poor shaft alignment.


Excessive vibration hints at damage to the windings and bearings due to the gradual wear it causes as components rub together. It may also be due to loose mounting bolts.


If during operation you can feel your motor giving off excessive heat or it begins to expel smoke then there may be a loose or burnt connection. Visual evidence of overheating includes discoloured paint and external damage such as loose motor mountings.

If you should notice any of the above then you should take action before a repairable problem leads to failure and unplanned downtime. Gibbons offer a full electric motor rewind and repair service from our highly-skilled, experienced team, with a 24-hour call-out service available.

Should your motor be beyond repair then Gibbons can offer a wide range of ABB electric motors along with our own models. UK-wide next-day delivery service means we’ll have you back up and running in no time.

So whether you’re looking for rewind, repair or a new electric motor, give us a call on 01621 868138 or email and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you.

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