If you operate hydraulic equipment you’re no stranger to hydraulic failures. Thankfully, understanding the common reasons why hydraulic equipment malfunctions can help you reduce the risk!
One of the main reasons that hydraulic systems fail is because a hydraulic hose becomes damaged. Hydraulic hoses can become damaged through movement, vibration, and abrasion or if the system is running at higher operating pressure or temperature than the hose is rated for.
In order to reduce the risk of a damaged hydraulic line, you should always use a hydraulic hose that is rated for the pressure ad temperature that you need to run your system at. You can also reduce the risk of damage due to movement and vibration by using protective sleeves, clamps, and brackets.
Hydraulic seals are also another common reason why hydraulic systems fail. These seals are vulnerable because they are typically made of soft material like polyurethane or rubber. That makes them susceptible to damage from contamination, chemicals, and even heat.
To prevent damage to hydraulic seals, ensure that they are rated for the chemicals that will be used in your system. Also, be sure to use heat-resistant seals and ensure they are properly fitted and kept clean.
The contamination of hydraulic fluids accounts for almost 80% of failures in hydraulic systems. The largest reason behind the contamination is due to particles. The reason contaminated hydraulic fluids are an issue is that it puts hydraulic pumps at risk. These are the most expensive and vulnerable parts of a hydraulic system and particles inside the hydraulic pump will compromise its efficiency.
To reduce the risk of contaminated hydraulic fluids, you should utilize hydraulic filters. However, knowing what filter to use and where to position it is essential. You should also carefully handle your hydraulic fluids, replacing them when necessary and properly storing them when not in use.
If you need help with your malfunctioning hydraulic equipment, you should call in the experts at Bernell Hydraulics. Since 1977, we’ve been offering quality hydraulic services to clients throughout the Inland Empire area of Southern California. Whether you’re dealing with contaminated hydraulic fluid, a cracked hydraulic seal, a faulty cylinder or can’t pinpoint the problem yourself, our experienced team can help!
At Bernell Hydraulics, we know how important it is to minimize downtime when your hydraulic equipment malfunctions and that is why we offer 24/7 emergency hydraulic repair services. No matter when your hydraulic equipment breaks down, our technicians are on call, ready and waiting to assist. Give us a call today at 909-899-1751 to request service!
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