Electric Motor: Repair vs Replacement
Despite their reliability, some motors experience failure over time. When the time comes, it’s up to you to make the smartest decision for the future of your system. Below, we’ve shared a few things to keep in mind before you make you make your decision.
Create a Best Practice Repair/Replacement Plan
Crafting a best practice Repair & Replacement plan early on before failure occurs prepares you for any problems you may have with your system ahead. So when the time comes, you’re fully prepared to make a smart decision. The right plan will help maximize plant availability, reduce downtime, and result in the lowest overall cost to your business. For your plan to produce the best results, it should always complement your existing maintenance practices and cover the following:
- Establishing a motor/plant inventory
- Repair pricing
- Setting a repair/replace breakpoint
- A partnership with your suppliers
- Repair & Replacement comparisons
- Negotiating contractual replacement pricing
With the correct Repair & Replacement plan, you’ll have everything you need whenever a failure occurs. When the time comes, you’ll be able to manage and minimize in-service equipment failure. If you’ve laid the groundwork, your motor and plant inventory will serve as a centralized source for all the information you need to make the best decision for your system. An inventory builds guideline statements on the best replacement option or repair specification. These details will guide you in the right direction when a failure occurs. For example, if you don’t have essential details about your motor before you call in a repair, you’ll waste valuable time double checking all of your information.
Have a Repair & Replacement Breakpoint
One of the first things you should do is establish a Repair & Replacement breakpoint. The breakpoint should be clearly available to all decision makers using the software. Whether you repair or replace your motor should primarily be a financial decision. Repairing your motor may require few costs upfront, but the total operating cost of repair may be significantly higher than you expect. Once your motor falls below a certain size, it is not smart to choose repair. Start your Repair & Replacement analysis with larger motors and work down to smaller ones. You’ll be able to quickly establish a point at which it becomes obvious that replacement is the best option.
If you need help deciding whether repair or replacement is best for you, contact Elite Control today! Our team of experts is prepared to answer any questions you may have about the health of your system and building the proper maintenance plan.