Transform Your Transformer

Do you know how long a transformer is meant to last? 10 years? 20? 30? 40?

The life expectancy is approximately 20 years, but rarely are transformers replaced for technical reasons only. Many transformers are retired because they become increasingly inefficient over time.

If the existing transformers are older, but are working with no apparent trouble, they are often still inefficient. By replacing them, energy savings can be realized. For example, in an average 13-story office building, replacing older transformers can yield more than $10,000 a year in electrical savings, based on 10 cents per kWh.

What is the best way to maintain your transformer? Schedule a survey of your building. With routine maintenance, inspection and testing, you can save money by making sure transformers operate at their peak.

When transformers are inefficient, they often fail without notice, and for reasons that could have been easily identified or prevented. To avert failures and get the most out of your transformers, it’s important to look at reasons why they fail in the first place.

Common Causes of Failures:

  • Voltage Transients or High Voltage Spikes
  • Heat and Overloading
  • Loose Connections
  • Deterioration of Unit
  • Poor Workmanship
  • Moisture
  • Inadequate Maintenance

Not sure how old your transformers are or the last time they were serviced? Schedule a maintenance visit from Pieper, where we’ll review your entire electrical system, including your transformers.