When And Why Repairing A Transformer Is A Better Option Than Buying A New Transformer

January 7, 2015

Anyone in the utility industry knows that when a transformer goes down, it means trouble. Replacement can be a costly and time-consuming endeavor, with waits spanning from 8 to 30 weeks for a new transformer to come from the manufacturer. Utility customers don’t want to wait a long time for their service to be restored, and having to implement stop-gap measures in the meantime can cost big money every day you wait. Luckily, there are many instances where repairing an older transformer is a better option than buying a new one, especially when you’re working with expert engineers who know transformers inside and out.

Buying a new transformer directly from the manufacturer can take anywhere from 8 to 30 weeks. That’s a long time for your customers to be without power, or for you to be spending time and money on a work-around solution to keep them going. With a long wait, utility customers are unhappy, and industrial businesses are losing revenue. Repairing a transformer through Solomon Corporation often takes a fraction of the time it takes to manufacture a new one to order. We have four locations nation-wide, so we are literally hours from picking up your unit for repair if necessary. This means a faster turnaround from the moment your transformer goes down to the moment it’s back up and running.

That faster turnaround time also means shorter downtime, which leads to happier customers and bigger savings. A transformer costs a lot of money every day that it’s down, and so every day a repair can shave off that time is money in the bank for you.

What’s more, when it comes to transformers, newer isn’t always better. In many cases the materials used to make an older transformer are of higher quality than what you’d get in a newly-manufactured one. Taking your older unit and upgrading it to make sure that it’s up to current standards and has any newer adjustments can net you a better unit in the long run. Repairing your current unit also avoids the problems that can crop up when trying to retrofit a new transformer into a tight spot where the old transformer was. Putting the old one back after it’s been repaired and overhauled, on the other hand, is a breeze.

At the end of the day, when the choice comes to repair or replace, you’ll want someone on your side who will give you solid advice and troubleshoot any problems that may arise in the process. At Solomon Corporation, we’ve been repairing and rebuilding transformers for over 40 years. We have degreed engineers and experienced technicians who will evaluate your particular situation before we recommend repairing or replacing your transformer. We’ll work with you throughout the process to make sure everything goes smoothly.