vertical motor repair

Field Service/Pump Repair Go Diving

We were asked to remove a 600 HP vertical motor and the 13 foot long turbine pump that it couples to, from a cooling tower water basin. The motor was removed without incident, but when we lifted the pump out, instead of the expected 13 feet, we only got 5 feet of pump! The pump had actually broken in two! We probed the water, using 8 foot long poles, and could not feel anything. And with caramel colored water in the cooling tower, nothing was visible. The customer had no way to get it out, and even if a new pump [...]

Field Service/Pump Repair Go Diving2020-03-12T14:24:56+00:00

60 HP Integral Vertical Pump Motor (Water Cooled) Assembly

A Louisville customer recently brought in a 60 hp integral vertical motor pump assembly where the motor was water-cooled. The circulation tubes running through the stator had clogged with lime buildup causing the motor to overheat which resulted in the motor windings being burned to a crisp. The customer came in to witness the teardown and to discuss options to prevent future unplanned downtime, as this had happened numerous times before. As it turns out the customer has four of these same pumps in remote locations without monitoring devices so there’s no way for them to tell when the water stops [...]

60 HP Integral Vertical Pump Motor (Water Cooled) Assembly2019-08-29T16:14:43+00:00