3 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Electric Motor in Good Repair

An electric motor, whether it's on your lawnmower or motorcycle, may not be as strong and powerful as a gas-powered motor, but it still suffers wear and tear over time. Very often the way you maintain your motor will affect its overall longevity, so you can avoid unnecessary electric motor repair bills if you take care of your electric motor properly. Note a few quick tips for keeping an electric motor in good repair, no matter how it's used.

1. Keep it ventilated and cool

It's easy to overlook the need for proper ventilation when you're using an electric motor, since you don't get the emissions and fumes that gas-powered motors and engines give off with an electric motor. While you may be more aware of the need to keep a gas-powered motor cool and well-ventilated so you don't breathe in those unpleasant fumes, you need to keep your electric motor cool and well-ventilated as well. This is because an electric motor still produces heat and friction, both of which can wear down gears and cause damage to belts. 

If you have an electric motor attached to machinery in a production facility or to some equipment in your garage at home, be sure you have proper ventilation for it when in use. Check the heat gauge or temperature reading on that electric motor attached to your bike and allow it to cool when needed. This will help keep it in good repair.

2. Don't overwork it

Because an electric motor is not as strong as a gas-powered engine, you want to be careful about overworking it. This too can cause early wear and tear on gears and belts. Mind the weight limit on your bike and be sure your lawnmower blades are cleaned often, so they don't need to turn against the buildup of debris and mud. If your electric engine seems to hesitate or struggle, turn it off and note how you may be overworking it with too much weight, too much resistance, or other demands it's not meant to meet.

3. Inspect and replace the bearings often

Bearings most commonly fail in an electric motor and when this happens, the belts and gears suffer unnecessary wear and tear. Note if they need lubrication or seem to be improperly aligned. As soon as you hear the familiar high-pitch squeal of bearings that are failing, have them replaced. Be sure you replace them with the right size and type for your engine, to avoid excessive vibration or friction.