Your preventative maintenance might be the first thing that falls by the wayside when you’re burning the candle at both ends to meet your customers’ demands. It seems easy to push it to the backburner while you concentrate on what seems important now. But what happens when you push your hydraulic equipment for too long without a tune up and suddenly your equipment malfunctions? Now you’re facing costly repair bills and the potential of lengthy periods of downtime. What if you can’t get a replacement part quickly or there are no available repair technicians? That is why regular preventative maintenance is essential for hydraulic machinery.
So, what should your regular hydraulic maintenance entail? Keep reading to find out!
Many people change their fluid levels on a regular schedule, but this is the lazy way of doing preventative hydraulic maintenance. Only by testing and checking the fluid levels regularly can you know when it needs to be replaced. Changing it on a set schedule based on time passed or hours run can mean you are replacing it too early or too late. Replacing it too late can lead to costly repairs while replacing it too early can increase maintenance costs unnecessarily.
Filters are in place to remove harmful particulates from your hydraulic equipment. However, if they become too full they will restrict the movement of fluids through the system. This not only decreases equipment efficiency, but it can also increase operating pressures, which put a strain on hoses, valves, and other components. Be sure that you check and replace your filters when they are past their prime.
The rubber components on your hydraulic equipment are perhaps the most vulnerable pieces of your system. If they crack or spring a leak you can see other problems arise. That is why you need to regularly examine them to ensure they are still intact and there are no signs of deterioration. If you see an issue, replace the hose right away to prevent costly issues down the road.
We get it, you’re busy right now. It might seem like you don’t have time to conduct regular maintenance, but do you have time for costly repairs and lengthy downtime at a later date? Probably not! You know what can happen if you push your hydraulic machinery too hard so if you can’t manage the hydraulic maintenance on your own, bring in the pros at Bernell Hydraulics. We offer preventative hydraulic maintenance services in Southern California. If more pressing business concerns bog you down, trust the experienced technicians at Bernell Hydraulics to help. If you are ready to schedule your preventative hydraulic maintenance today, call us at 800-326-7252.