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Electric Motor maintenance checklist | Things to do during Motor maintenance

Electric motor maintenance checklist

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An electric motor maintenance checklist is very important. Maintaining three-phase electric motors is crucial to ensure their longevity and optimal performance. Before proceeding with any maintenance, disconnect the power to the motor and make sure to lock out/tag out the electrical circuit to ensure safety.

Here’s a checklist of things to do during maintenance of three-phase motors:

  1. Visual Inspection:

    • Start by conducting a thorough visual inspection of the motor. Look for any visible signs of damage or wear, such as loose connections, rust, or oil leaks.
  2. Check Motor Temperature:

    • This can be done with a temperature gun. Measure the motor’s operating temperature using an appropriate tool. Ensure it does not exceed the manufacturer’s specified limits.
  3. Check Electrical Connections:

    • Inspect the terminal connections for tightness and signs of overheating. If any connections are loose, tighten them, and replace damaged wires.
  4. Lubrication:

    • If the motor has lubrication points, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to check and replenish lubricant as needed. NOTE: Use only manufacturers recommended lubricant.
  5. Bearing Inspection:

    • Examine the motor’s bearings for wear and noise. Lubricate or replace bearings as necessary.
  6. Alignment:

    • Ensure that the motor is correctly aligned with the connected equipment. Misalignment can lead to premature wear and decreased efficiency.
  7. Cooling System:

    • Check the Non-Drive end (NDE) and clean the motor’s cooling system, including fans or cooling fins, to prevent overheating.
  8. Inspect Ventilation:

    • Verify that the motor has proper ventilation and is not obstructed by debris or other equipment.
  9. Vibration Analysis:

    • Utilize a vibration analysis tool to detect any abnormal vibrations, which can indicate issues with the motor or its mounting.
  10. Inspect Insulation:

    • Examine the motor’s insulation for cracks, damage, or signs of deterioration. Replace or repair insulation as needed.
  11. Cable and Conduit Inspection:

    • Inspect the motor’s cables and conduits for wear, damage, or signs of deterioration. Replace any damaged components.
  12. Control Panel Inspection:

    • Inspect the motor control panel for any loose or damaged components, including contactors, relays, and overload protection devices.
  13. Test Motor Windings:

    • Use a megohmmeter to test the insulation resistance of the motor windings. Low insulation resistance can indicate a potential issue.

                     check: Testing the IR value of a three-phase motor

  1. Motor Efficiency Testing:

    • Conduct efficiency tests to ensure the motor is operating at its rated efficiency.
  2. Record Keeping:

    • Maintain a detailed maintenance log to track all maintenance activities. Include dates, findings, and actions taken.
  3. Documentation and Manuals:

    • Always keep the motor’s documentation and manuals handy for reference during maintenance and troubleshooting.

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