Hydraulic systems can make your life a lot easier, as long as they are running smoothly and operating efficiently. While it is easy to tell when a hydraulic system has failed, it is not as simple to spot the little mistakes that cause them to run less efficiently or increase the risk of malfunction. Hydraulic equipment is complex and intricate, and mistakes can often be made that puts the equipment in harm’s way. Here are some common hydraulic equipment mistakes that are often made throughout various industries.
If you are changing your filters on a set schedule, then either you are doing it too early or you are doing it too late. A filter should only be changed when its capacity to hold dirt is completely used it. If you change the filter too early then you are wasting money by changing them more often than needed. If you change them too late, then you are letting particles enter your hydraulic system that can decrease its service life, which costs you much more in the long run. To be sure of when your filters need to be changed, install a mechanism to monitor your pressure drop across the filter.
There are only two reasons why your equipment needs an oil change, and that is due to depletion of the additive or the degradation of the base oil. Similar to the air filters, the only way to determine if either has occurred is through oil analysis.
Oil is the most important part of your hydraulic equipment. You likely already know that, but you might not know that the most crucial component of your oil is its viscosity. Viscosity controls the minimum and maximum oil temperatures that the system can operate safely. That is why it is important to know exactly what temperatures your system can operate at, and choose oil with the proper viscosity to match.
The quickest way to damage a hydraulic system and its components is by running it too hot. The temperature that is considered “too hot” depends on the viscosity of the oil, the viscosity index, and the different types of hydraulic parts that are used in your system. A system operates too hot when it gets to a temperature where the oil viscosity falls below the level required for proper lubrication of the components. At this point, components can become damaged, which leads to costly repairs.
If you don’t feel entirely comfortable in maintaining your own hydraulic system, you are not alone! Hydraulic equipment can be extremely complex and unless you have years of experience and industry knowledge, it can honestly seem like a foreign language. Luckily for you, Bernell Hydraulics offers preventative maintenance programs that can help keep your hydraulic systems well maintained and functioning properly.
Bernell Hydraulics has been working on hydraulic systems in the southern California area since 1977. With over 40 years of experience, we have created a preventative maintenance program that has our skilled technicians test and monitor equipment fluids, calibrate equipment and inspect your system for minor flaws or issues that could lead to major damage in the future. This is a great option if you don’t feel comfortable assessing and maintaining your hydraulic equipment on your own, or even if you would simply like a second opinion. It’s certainly better to spend a little on an inspection, than thousands on a costly repair down the road.
If you are ready to let Bernell Hydraulics keep your hydraulic systems well maintained, then call us today at 800-326-7252.