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Electric motor failure: What are my options?

Whatever process it’s being used for, an electric motor failure, like any equipment malfunction, is at best an inconvenience and at worst a serious problem with significant financial repercussions. When time is of the essence, it’s important to make the right decision - so what are your choices when an electric motor fails?

Rewind the failed motor

In the case of larger motors, the general rule to follow is the greater the frame size, the cheaper it is to have it rewound rather than replace it. For example, a motor with a 450 frame size can be as much as 40% cheaper to rewind than replace.

In an urgent situation, specialist or bespoke motors should always be rewound as there may be a considerable lead time for these to be manufactured and delivered.

Gibbons have provided electric motor rewinds since the company was formed over 45 years ago. We offer a 24-hour emergency call-out service and can collect and deliver within a 50-mile radius of our Essex workshop.

Replace it

Small electric motors have low manufacturing costs, so for this reason it’s usually cheaper to replace them in the event of a breakdown.

If there’s evidence of catastrophic failure, then a complete overhaul may be required to return the motor to its original efficiency. Time and cost mean a replacement is usually the wisest choice.

If the motor has failed due to being unsuitable for the application it’s powering, a rewind will not solve the problem. If you think this may be the case, speak to your supplier who can help specify the right motor for the job.

Here at Gibbons we supply a vast range of IE3 ABB motors along with our own energy-efficient models. For a competitive quote, give us a call on the number below.

If you’re unsure whether your motor needs to be repaired or replaced, give Gibbons a call and we’ll take a look at it. Our expert engineers will give you an honest appraisal and advise the best course of action. Call 01621 868138 or email for more information. 

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