Whether you need one-stop shop repair services, preventative maintenance or a service visit from an engineer, Renown Electric does it all.
Our comprehensive analyses and tests for electric motors helps your business avoid problems and downtime. If a motor or system is already in need of repair, our team will come to you or fully service the rebuild in our own facility.
Preventative & Predictive
Avoid downtime and repair or replacement costs by investing in preventative maintenance before it’s too late. Preventative and predictive services we offer include:
- Dynamic Balancing
- Infrared Thermography
- Oil Analysis
- Laser Alignment
- Vibration Analysis
- Winding Analysis
Find out more about each offering by choosing a service above or visiting our preventative and predictive services page.
Let us come to you for repairs. Our experienced technicians can perform electric motor repair—including service support for the elevator industry—as well as remanufacturing and preventative maintenance. Below, find field services available:
- Brush Survey
- In-Field Rewinding
- Modernization Survey
- On-Site Machining
- Sheave Regrooving
- Turning and Undercutting
Find out more about our individual field services by choosing one of the above. Or visit all of our field services information.
Electric motors play a critical role in a wide range of industrial, municipal and commercial operations. As such, when they begin showing signs of failure, facility managers are faced with a difficult decision: should they repair or replace it? While repairing the motor may serve as a cheap and quick resolution to the issue, the equipment’s long-term reliability and efficiency are in question as it may fail again in the future. In contrast, replacing the motor may be more cost- and time-intensive, but the equipment will likely last longer without failure than a repaired unit.In light of these many considerations, it is essential to have a repair/replacement plan in place before motor failure occurs to streamline the decision-making process. If and when a motor fails, the plan enables facility managers to make informed decisions about whether repair or replacement of the motor is appropriate without being blindsided by short-term aims (e.g., minimizing downtime). Consultation with your motor shop and motor vendors will provide valuable insight into application specific issues that can be addressed, and resolution of issues can be designed out or modified in the repair process.The following article provides an overview of some of the factors to consider in a comprehensive repair/replacement plan. Additionally, it covers the specifications to keep in mind when planning a repair operation and the motor repair capabilities at Renown Electric.
Key Considerations for Deciding Between Motor Repair or Replacement
As a general rule of thumb, if the cost of repairing an existing motor is more than 65% the cost of replacing it with a newer unit, the latter option is considered more cost-effective. The price differential between repair and replacement may be quickly recovered if the new component has higher efficiency. While the above serves as a general guideline, as indicated above, deciding whether a failed electric motor should be repaired (i.e., rewound) or replaced is not as straightforward as it may seem. There are numerous factors to consider when evaluating whether a repair or replacement operation is more appropriate, such as the cost of repair or replacement, the performance of the component, the load factor, the facility’s operating hours, and the electricity usage. Review of the application may be required to determine if a better motor design or modified design may improve mean time between failures. Some of the other considerations to keep in mind when determining the overall effectiveness and efficiency of repair vs. replacement are:
For special purpose motors with highly specific or unique designs, it may be better to repair rather than replace—the motor since a replacement may not fit or perform in the same way. Finding a like-for-like replacement for a motor that is obsolete or no longer in production may not be possible. Therefore, repairing the motor is the only viable option in this case.
Historically, motors were designed for service lives up to and exceeding 25 to 35 years with the potential to last even longer. Today, motors are built to last between 15 to 20 years, after which they will require overhaul. These ranges should serve as a benchmark for whether it would be better to repair or replace a failed component. If the unit is at the lower end of the range, then repair is still a feasible option, but if it is at the upper end of the range or the process may change or retooled, then it could be wiser to invest in a new system.
In addition to the durability and longevity, the size of motors has changed over time. Newer models are smaller than older models, which can make replacing existing units challenging. Along with size changes came starting torque and slippage changes, these factors need to be considered carefully as they can impact system performance, power consumption and operational efficiencies.
While some motors can be repaired or rebuilt by any motor servicing shop, others may need to be sent back to the original equipment manufacturer. Motor shop quality and repair standards are another factor that need to be considered. Repair equipment used in the motor rebuild process needs to be calibrated to ensure a repaired motor is returned to its original design efficiencies. A motor repaired to less than nameplate efficiency will cost more to operate in the long run, and you may lose any cost savings anticipated by repairing the motor very quickly. Proper motor repair can increase the cost and length of a repair operation, making replacement the more efficient option however a motor running efficiently will quickly pay for itself.
As mentioned above, the time it takes to implement a solution influences whether it is appropriate for the facility’s needs. The lead time for a new or repaired component should be minimized to reduce the impact on operations. Over the years, the introduction of new government regulations (e.g., the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007) prompted motor manufacturers to make changes to the design, construction, and performance of their units. These changes influenced a variety of motor qualities, such as the motor inrush (up to 13 times the full-load amperage vs. 6–7 times the FLA) and slip speed (less slip in EISA motors). These factors should also be considered when faced with the decision to repair or replace an older motor.
Important Specifications for Electric Motor Repair Operations
Once the appropriateness of repair has been determined, it is important to communicate the necessary information to the service provider to facilitate shorter lead times. In addition to obtaining records about the motor’s current condition and performance and maintenance history, the repair shop should receive specifications that clearly indicate the expectations for the repair operation, including the following:
- The intent and scope of the operation
- The relevant standards
- The repair procedures
- The testing and quality control procedures
By having this information, the repair shop is better able to ensure the repaired motor meets the specific needs of the facility.
Motor Repair Services at Renown Electric
If and when a motor fails, it is essential to work with an experienced and knowledgeable repair shop to ensure the component motor successfully returns to its original condition. At Renown Electric, we’ve provided in-house and in-the-field electric motor repair and maintenance services for over three decades. In addition to our motor rebuilding and rewinding capabilities, we offer the following services:
- Generator rebuilding and rewinding
- Gearbox rebuilding and overhaul
- Sheave regrooving and manufacturing
- Machine shop services
- Coil manufacturing
- Pump repair
- AC & DC Motor drive repair
For additional information about our service offerings and how they can benefit your facility, contact us today.
Our wide range of preventative and comprehensive motor repair services have been performed on many different motors and systems over the last 30+ years in business. We serve a variety of industries, including elevator systems, energy and power, automotive, industrial manufacturing, wastewater management, and much more. We do so successfully with our multiple certifications that allow us to provide quality services. Some of these include ISO 9001:2015 and CSA Qualification for Repair and Service of Motors and Generators in Hazardous Locations. Contact Our Team today to hear more about our services, or to schedule an appointment. Let our experts perform your motor repair services.