Totaline® Motors: Frequently Asked Questions

When you carry Totaline motors on your truck, you’ll be ready for virtually any repair. However, you may have some questions regarding Totaline motors. We’ve compiled this comprehensive listing of frequently asked questions – and the answers – to help you learn more about our Totaline motor offerings and see how they should be your aftermarket motor of choice.

Q: What types of Totaline motors can be found at my local Carrier®/Bryant® Parts Distribution Center?

A: We are pleased to provide you with a complete lineup of Totaline universal motors, including the Totaline Replacement Fractional Horsepower Motor and the Totaline FLEX13 and FLEXPSC  ECM Replacement Motors. Additionally, we offer a number of Totaline aftermarket motors for commercial applications, as well as the support you need to find the right motor for any application.

Q: Is it easy to find the right Totaline motor for my application?

We’re always looking for ways to make your job as easy as possible, which is why we’re pleased to offer a variety of cross-reference tools on our website. Our Aftermarket Motor Selection Guide is a simple, web-based tool that can help you quickly find the motor you need to get the job done quickly. Click here to check it out!

Q: Are Totaline motors subject to any particular certification standards?

A: Yes! Your customers can be rest assured that when you use a Totaline replacement motor in their equipment, it has met our rigorous five-point certification, which encompasses: design life; load rating; performance verification; shipping/packaging; and safety.

Q: Are wires on the new Totaline motors thinner?

A: Totaline motor wires have been created using a new technology called cross-linked polyethylene technology. The new motors’ wires are coated with a 2/64” thick insulation, as opposed to the old PVC 4/64” thick insulation. This new technology allows for many advantages, including higher performance, higher temperature rating, more durable material, and a smaller diameter that allows installers to easily push the leads through the conduit tubing on outdoor condensers.

Q: What does SAB mean in reference to the motor bearings?

A: SAB stands for self-aligning sleeve bearing design. This differs from the older, Babbitt style sleeve bearing. SAB improves lubricant coverage, as it lubricates through all bearing surfaces instead of one slot.

Q: The Totaline motor shaft feels tight initially when spun by hand. Is this a problem?

A: The shaft will frequently feel tight on initial spin. This is because the bearings settle during shipment. Upon initial power-up under load, the bearings will self-align in their seats, and any noise will stop very quickly. SAB run more quietly than ball bearings.

Q: Are there capacitor changes per model in the new Totaline motors?

A: The performance of the PSC motor is dependent upon the stator, rotor, and capacitor as a system. As a result, it is very common that one design over another will use a different capacitor. Our electrical designs are based on several criteria including, but not limited to: nominal nameplate performance, full load efficiency, and robustness to overload.

Q: What are the gold screws in the side of the motor shelf?

A: These are universal shell mounting holes that allow for easy mounting in other brands.

Q: My customer needs an affordable solution. Are Totaline motors a good option?

A: Totaline motors can provide an affordable solution. These motors offer versatility, value, and convenience. When you trust Totaline, you’ll be able to make the quality motor replacement your customer needs, at a great value.

Q: Should I use a Totaline motor in a Carrier, Bryant, or Payne® system that’s still under warranty?

A: If you absolutely must. These motors are reliable and a good replacement choice in any equipment. However, we would recommend that you use the appropriate Factory Authorized Parts™ motor when there is still an active warranty on the equipment you are repairing.

Q: The motor I’m replacing doesn’t have a nameplate. How can I identify it?

A: If you need to replace a motor that doesn’t have a nameplate, you’ll want to note such key indicators as diameter, type, number of speeds, mechanical features, rotation, voltage, and typical color schemes. For more in-depth information on how to identify a motor without a nameplate, click here for our convenient guide.


Q: How do I know you’ll have the Totaline motor I need in stock?

A: Our warehouse is full of every type and size of motor to fit all applications. Our warehouse is full of every type and size of motor to fit all applications. Totaline offers a full lineup of universal solutions ,and we are always adding to the lineup according to market demands

Q: What about motor accessories? Can you help me with those, too?

A: We sure can! We offer a full lineup of additional parts and accessories you may need for your HVAC motor applications, including: run capacitors; belts and pulleys; fan blades; blowers; mounting brackets; wire nuts and ties; and bearings. All of these are available at your local distribution center as well.

Q: How can I learn more about Totaline universal motors?

A: If you’d like to learn more about our Totaline aftermarket motor offerings, please refer to the links below for more information:

Totaline Replacement Fractional Horsepower Motors
Totaline FLEX ECM Replacement Motors
Totaline ECM FLEXPSC
Totaline Commercial Motors
Totaline Accessories

Q: Okay, last question – where can I find Totaline universal motors near me?

A: Fortunately, it’s super easy to find the Totaline replacement motors and accessories you need. We have distribution centers located all over the United States and Canada! You can find the nearest distributor easily by visiting this page on our website! We look forward to helping you get the Totaline motors and accessories you need to complete any job efficiently and affordably!