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motor repair or replaceWhen your electric motor starts showing signs of wear or damage, you’re often faced with a critical decision: repair or replace? This choice may seem daunting, especially when you consider the financial and operational implications. However, with the right information and guidance, particularly from experts like Cape Armature Winders – the leading specialists in electromechanical repair and maintenance in the Western Cape for all industries – making an informed decision becomes easier.


10 key factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your electric motor.


1. Age of the Motor

If your motor is old and nearing the end of its service life, replacement might be the more practical option. However, if it’s relatively new or has been well-maintained, repairs could be more cost-effective.

2. Extent of the Damage

Evaluate the severity of the damage with motor testing by professionals. Major mechanical or electrical issues, such as burnt-out windings or a broken shaft, might lean towards replacement. But for minor issues like worn-out bearings or a faulty capacitor, repairs are usually sufficient.

3. Energy Efficiency

Older motors tend to be less energy-efficient than their newer counterparts. If energy savings are a priority, consider upgrading to a modern, energy-efficient model.

4. Repair Costs vs. Replacement Costs

It’s crucial to compare the costs. If motor repair prices come close to or exceed 50% of a new motor’s cost, replacement often becomes the more economical choice.

5. Operational Downtime

Consider the downtime for repairs and the impact on your business. Sometimes, procuring a new motor to resume operations quickly is more viable, especially in applications where any downtime can be costly.

6. Warranty

Motors under warranty might have repairs covered by the manufacturer. Once a warranty expires, weigh the benefits of repairs against getting a new motor with a fresh warranty.

7. Performance Requirements

If the motor no longer meets your operational needs, replacing it with a model that offers improved performance and reliability might be the way to go.

8. Historical Repairs

A motor that’s undergone numerous repairs in the past might have compromised reliability. Consider replacement in such cases. Alternatively, if all you find yourself doing is repairing the motor, you might need to look for a solutions provider who can diagnose the true cause of the damage.

9. Availability of Spare Parts

For older models, finding the right spare parts can be a challenge. If parts are scarce or overly expensive, replacement might be more feasible.

10. Environmental Considerations

Opting for a motor rewind or repair can be environmentally beneficial as it reduces waste and conserves resources.


Ready to replace or repair your motor? Talk to the motor repair experts in the Western Cape: CAW

When facing such decisions, it’s invaluable to consult with seasoned professionals. Cape Armature Winders, with our extensive experience in electromechanical repair and maintenance in the Western Cape, can provide insights and recommendations tailored to your specific needs. Remember, the right decision will ideally balance cost, operational efficiency, and long-term reliability.

Email us: info@capearm.co.za

Call us: 021 556 1488 / 071 680 5902