Troubleshoot AC Motors – Part 2

Troubleshoot AC Motors – Part 2

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Problem B – Motor runs noisy

B1: Are vibrations and noise from driven machine or power transmission system being transmitted to motor?Locate source of noise and reduce. Isolate motor with belt drive or elastomeric coupling.
 
B2: Is a hollow motor foundation acting as a sounding board?Redesign mounting. Coat foundation underside with sound dampening material.
  
B3: Check motor mounting. Is it loose?Tighten. Be sure shaft is aligned.
  
B4: Is motor mounting even and shaft properly aligned?Shim feet for even mounting and align shaft.
  
B5: Is fan hitting or rubbing on stationary part or is object caught in fan housing?Repair damaged fan, end bell or part causing contact. Remove trash from fan housing.
  
B6: Is air gap nonuniform or rotor rubbing on stator?Recenter rotor rubbing on worn bearings or relocate pedestal bearings.
  
B7: Listen to bearings. Are they noisy?Lubricate bearings. If still noisy, replace.
  
B8: Is voltage between phases (three-phase motors) unbalanced?Balance voltages.
  
B9: Is three-phase motor operating on one-phase? (Won’t start on single-phase.)Restore power on three-phases.

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