To extend the lifespan of your hydraulic hose and minimise repairs and replacements, there are a few maintenance steps you should follow. Over time, hydraulic hoses and fittings can crack and burst, but there are a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. Read on for our top tips!
Establish a maintenance routine
Your hydraulic hoses should be inspected and checked on a regular basis to ensure that any problems are detected and rectified early. Establish a maintenance routine to ensure that your hydraulic equipment remains in top condition. Hoses should be checked frequently for any signs of damage or wear and tear – if you do notice any issues, they should be repaired as soon as possible.
Pay attention to leaks
Leaks are a huge safety concern and should never be ignored. If your hydraulic hose is leaking, you should aim to get it fixed as soon as possible to ensure that your employees and business is protected. Leaking pressurised hydraulic fluid presents a fire risk and should be dealt with immediately. If your hydraulic system is leaking, machine operators may fall or slip and injure themselves.
Maintain the right temperature
It’s important that you maintain the correct temperature of the hydraulic fluid inside the hose. The temperature ratings are different for each hose, and therefore they need to be checked and followed carefully. If the fluid does rise above the working temperature, the inner tube may crack and the hose will lose its flexibility.
Replace damaged assemblies
If you notice any signs of damage, the hose should be replaced immediately to ensure that it is safe to use. If the hose is cracked or you notice any tight bends or twisting, it’s important that you do not ignore these issues. If the wire or fabric is exposed, water and debris can cause the wire to rust or even enter the system and cause issues. Any signs of damage, big or small, should be repaired and replaced as soon as possible.
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