Motor Brush 8
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October 11, 2017
Can't say much. I ordered new motors for a 10 year old system. Will change out brushes in about 5 years.
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Accessing and Replacing the Motor Brushes
The typical length of the carbon on new brushes is 3/4 inches. When it gets down to 3/16 inches, the brush assembly should be replaced. But if the armature is pitted or the bearing is wobbly, then replace the motor. Motors are made to be replaced after 800-900 hours of use.
- Get access to the motor. (You don't have to remove the motor)
- Accessing the Motor Brushes within ANY Central Vacuum Motor
On motors that have a black, plastic, pop-off top without screws, such as 116336, 119413, 119412, 117939, 116765, 116296, 117944, 116764, 116945, 117123, 116472, or 116355, remove this black cooling fan cover to expose the screws that hold the motor brushes down. (The cover pops right off). Note that sometimes there may be channels directly to the screw head so the top will not have to come off to gain access.On the 115330, 115334, 115519, 115684, 116119, and 116136 you would remove the small screw in the sheet metal cover around the exterior circumference of the armature region. This will expose the brushes and the two screws that hold them down. Since the screws are located under the top shield, you can either use a small socket or angle your screwdriver to remove the screws that hold the brushes down.
On the Premier motor (and plastic versions of it), such as 116465, 117465, 116507, 117507, 117157, 117743, 117478, 117572, 117500, or 117502, you will not need to remove any screws to release the motor brushes. First, remove a retainer clip on the top of the motor by prying it up with a flat head screwdriver and then the motor brushes will pop right out the side of the motor.Some motor brushes are held in with a clip that you have to bend out of the way. Bend the clip out and then up to access the brush. Bend the clip back into position before putting the plastic cover back on. These pictures show these steps:
- Lift out the motor brush and note the amount of wear. The black lead looking part of the motor brushes are one inch long when they are brand new. If you are performing MD's mandatory 3-year check and the motor brushes are more than 1/2 worn, you should replace them. If the black lead is 1/4 inch, you must replace them. The entire brush unit is replaced, not just the lead part and metal housing.
- When replacing, remove the flag terminal from the stud on the motor brush. Older motor brushes did not have a flag terminal but had a flat spade that slid between the motor brush casing and the metal holder. To remove this type of connector, crush the outside housing of the motor brush with a pair of pliers. You can then insert this spade into the same location on the new motor brush and ignore the male flag stud on the new motor brush.
- Replace the brush back into the slot and be sure that its metal housing does not make contact with the armature. Screw down the two screws on each of the motor brush bracket holders (if necessary).
- Motor brushes will properly seat themselves to the curvature of the commutator armature. Some may prefer to seat them running the motor at a half voltage for 30 minutes using a variac or other voltage control device. While seating, be sure a vacuum inlet door is open or hose is plugged in so air is flowing through the unit preventing overheating.
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