Motor hoist gave out - diagnosis?

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Forum topic by Loren posted 04-16-2012 05:36 AM 712 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2012 05:36 AM

I have a ceiling hoist and it gave out on me today doing
routine stuff with it. I noticed the switch unit (it’s a
banana colored thing on a coiled cord attached to the
hoist with a 3-way switch and a solenoid in it) got warm
underneath the switch itself.

Anybody got a clue on diagnosing this?

The hoist is not worth enough to send out for repair
I think but if I can figure out what needs replacing
I could do it myself and avoid junking the thing.

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 01:18 PM

From the way you’re describing it, it sounds like a relay, rather than a solenoid, to take the brunt of the arcing, rather than the switch contacts. I would suspect the relay is your problem. If you can take it apart, you may be able to file the relay contacts and be back in business.

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 03:38 PM

Duh – not a solenoid – its a capacitor. I got the terms mixed

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