I just ordered a replacement motor for a Vacumaid 225 (replacement is your part 201VF - 117549-12 Lamb). After closer scrutiny, I see the replacement is rated at 13.5 amps, and the original spec plate shows 11.5 amps. The breaker on the system shows 15 amps. Can I assume that the power cord and relay/contacts are adequate to handle the new motor? btw, what makes one of these motors go dead? If a winding shorted, the breaker would pop. Mine didn't. Doesn't look like there is much to fail except brushes? Thanks!
The higher amps will be fine. And yes, sometimes they die without popping the breaker, meaning it didn't overheat while passing away. They die, are worn out, need replacement after their 800 or so hours of use are up. The armature is scored, brush or brushes used, and the bearing not solid, and the fan blades in bad shape (sometimes).