If you have a piece of equipment that uses an electric motor, it could encounter a number of issues that can differ greatly from that of another type of motor. Before you pay a professional to fix a problem with your electric motor, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot it first. These troubleshooting tips may be able to shed light as to what the issue is, saving you money and time. 

Check The Motor's Voltage

Before you do anything to troubleshoot your electric motor, be sure you wear safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes in case any sparks happen to fly. Test the motor's voltage using a test lamp or ohmmeter to see how much current is running through it. If you're not get any readings whatsoever, the motor could be completely dead and will need to be replaced. You can check to see what kind of voltage your motor should be running on by looking at the nameplate located on the motor. This is usually a small metal tag that will give you the motor's make, model, and the amount of voltage it is running on. 

Run A Test

Once you have determined the type of meter and the amount of voltage it uses, it's time to run a test to see how much current is flowing through it by using a volt ohm meter. Remove the plastic wire connectors and attach them to your meter. Turn the meter on to the ohm setting and see if reads OL (open lead) or no ohms. If so, there's probably a short inside the motor or it has completely lost its ability to produce current. Test each separate motor lead by touching the lead end to the metal case of the motor housing. If you see any ohm readings this way, there could be a short somewhere. 

A Possible Simple Fix

Just like many other items that use moving parts, they can become dirty and dusty over time. Look inside your electric motor to make sure that all parts are clean and free of dust or debris. A clogged motor can cause it to slow down significantly or even stop running altogether. You can easily remedy this by using some canned air to blow out any dirt or dust and wipe the motor down with a soft cloth. Removing excess "junk" from the motor's housing and interior may be the simple fix you need to get it working properly again. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Hackworth Electric Motors Inc.

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