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    Megging!

    Hi All,

    I was wondering what the thoughts are on doing a megger check on your compressors as a P/M procedure. We're having mixed opinions at our shop.
    What do you all feel about this?

    Please send your thoughts or comments, I'm curious.

    Thanks!

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    I dont see any thing wrong with it. Meggers output a lot of volts but verry little amps. Whats the argument against it ?

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    Im assuming your not megging anything under a vacuum.

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    Glad you asked.

    The majority feel theres more harm than good. Windings take a beating during the process. Don't know if its true.

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    I hated when meggering pm time came around.Would almost hope to find something grounded just to prove to myself that i wasnt completely wasting my time.If everythings running properly i see no need to megger.Seen guys misplace motor leads,wires,etc.after meggering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achicagoperator View Post
    I hated when meggering pm time came around.Would almost hope to find something grounded just to prove to myself that i wasnt completely wasting my time.If everythings running properly i see no need to megger.Seen guys misplace motor leads,wires,etc.after meggering.
    Now thats a great argument against it. I change my mind.

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    Smile Meg checks-just another tool in the arsenal

    I have to say I find it to be useful. If the compressor meggs out poor but is still running, you have a chance to recommend a replacement before it turns into a burnout. If it burns, the customer loses the gas (and the only cheap refrigerant these days is the air drifting through the double hung valves), has to do a system cleanup :recovery and disposal of the burnt gas, probable system flush-RX11 isn't cheap- suction core drier, possibly with isolation valves if you can't pump it down, the obligatory liquid line drier replacement with drier replacements after it's back up and running, along with new gas. Not to mention the fact that if the system isn't cleaned up properly with follow up acid tests/drier changes, the new compressor won't last. All of which is VERY expensive.
    A meg test can also tell you if you may have a lot of moisture in the system-which might be resolved with simple drier changes.
    Tag your wires and don't lose stuff. Megging out a compressor is a chance for you to make money by doing things right. I say chance because just because you show a customer a bad meg reading on a compressor doesn't mean they will approve a replacement. You have to explain exactly what the test means and the worst case scenario. Then quote them the price for a new compressor. Also quote the price of a cleanup separately.
    After that-it's up to them. But when (not if) the compressor burns out-at least you tried to do the right thing-and maybe next time they'll take your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techreptdh
    Windings take a beating during the process.
    Really? In what way? All you are doing is inducing DC voltage into the winding. You do want to make sure that you are inducing the correct amount of voltage. You don't want to megger a 240 V. compressor with 1000 VDC. General rule is 2.1 times the name plate voltage. One exception being on medium voltage motors (4160 VAC). They should be meggered with a more sophisticated megger that can deliver 2400 VDC for 10 minutes.

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    A megger isn't going to hurt anything. Those that claim that have a limited understanding of electricy. If that were so there would be warnings in big red letters. Don't Use This Thing!!
    Where a megger is valuable is if on p&m's a log is kept so any changes can be seen over time. I've found a number of compressors, using a megger, that had the beginnings of failure where an oil and drier change (or two) corrected the problem. I wouldn't bother with small compressors < 10 ton. Just me.
    "What Fools these mortals be"....Puck

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnewYork View Post
    Really? In what way? All you are doing is inducing DC voltage into the winding. You do want to make sure that you are inducing the correct amount of voltage. You don't want to megger a 240 V. compressor with 1000 VDC. General rule is 2.1 times the name plate voltage. One exception being on medium voltage motors (4160 VAC). They should be meggered with a more sophisticated megger that can deliver 2400 VDC for 10 minutes.


    Most of the smaller meggers out put around 800 v. I have yet to see a megger damage a motor. Amp draw is negligible from a hand held device thats powered bx 2 1.5v C batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commtech77
    Most of the smaller meggers out put around 800 v
    The megger I have has 500 and 1000V. settings. I occasionally verify with DC voltage meter. My analog megger has eight 1.5 volt batteries (which have lasted forever).

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    meggers good for motors suck on compressors to many factors refrigerant oil etc get wierd readings

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    Quote Originally Posted by pillclinton209
    meggers good for motors suck on compressors to many factors refrigerant oil etc get wierd readings
    Can't say I agree with this statement. I used meggers on early York hermetic chillers as well as present day hermetic screw compressors and they always worked there. I have also meggered oil pump motors that are submersed in oil...no problems there either.

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