A car needs its engine oil changed. Power tools need bearings, blades and batteries replaced. Airplanes undergo routine inspections to ensure everything is operation properly. Could you imagine flying over the Atlantic only to be told that the airplane you’re on missed its last routine maintenance checkup? Sure, there might be no issues with the plane and there’s a good probability that you’ll land safe and sound at your destination, but is that a chance you want to take?
The same thing can be said for the hydraulic equipment that you operate consistently. You could skip regular routine maintenance and might not experience any major issues. However, there is a chance that you might experience a huge issue that can cost hundreds, if not thousands on top of the downtime you will be forced to undergo while a repair can be made. While this might not seem as horrible as an airplane skipping out on regular maintenance and experiencing issues 30,000 feet in the air while flying over a vast ocean, it can still have a significant impact on your operations.
So, how do you keep your hydraulic equipment well maintained? Here are a few pieces of advice to follow if you want to keep your machinery running smoothly and avoid costly repairs at all costs:
Make a schedule. This is perhaps the most important step. You need to create a maintenance schedule that accounts for all aspects of your hydraulic equipment. From checking fluid levels, to assessing the reliability of your hoses. Make a schedule and stick to it!
Change filters regularly. Few things are worse for a hydraulic system that contaminants. These not only decrease the efficiency of your equipment, but they can also cause costly repairs if allowed to build up. Be sure to check and change your filters when necessary to avoid this.
Check oil levels & sample it frequently. Aside from the common concept of checking oil levels, you will also want to make sure that you are testing the oil quality over time. Be alert for discoloration, a foul odor or signs of contamination. It’s a good idea to send samples to a lab at least once a year to get an experts opinion.
Check pressures. Another important check to conduct is the pressure of the system. Certain hydraulic components are only rated for certain pressures and if something in your system is causing the pressure to raise or lower, you will want to address the issue before too much stress is placed on your equipment.
We hate to break it to you, but this is only the beginning of the list. There are many other actions that need to be taken to ensure that proper maintenance is conducted. If the never ending list seems like too much, or you simply don’t have time to follow the schedule that you’ve set, let Bernell Hydraulics help! We offer preventative maintenance services year round to ensure that your equipment stays up and running.