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3 Signs That A Hydraulic System Is In Need Of Repair

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Hydraulic machines utilize liquid fluid power in able to operate. A number of industries rely on hydraulic systems and they are typically used for a variety of applications in industrial settings. Purchasing all of the equipment needed for a hydraulic system can be quite costly, so it is important to be able to recognize problems promptly so the company can contact a hydraulic system engineering service or a hydraulic repair service. Repairing issues with a hydraulic system quickly can prevent damage or complete failure of the system. Some common signs of hydraulic system problems include: 

Noticeable Decrease in Operation Speed

In many cases, a longer cycling time is one of the first noticeable signs of a problem with a hydraulic system. When there is a decrease in the speed of hydraulic actuators, it often means that the amount of fluid flowing through the system had dropped. One of the main causes of a decrease in hydraulic fluid is a leak; a leak in the system may be caused by a faulty or broken hydraulic hose, problems with the connectors, or cracks in specific components.

If there is a leak in a hydraulic system, it can cause a lot of damage to the system since it will not have an adequate amount of fluid. Having the leak diagnosed and repaired quickly can prevent serious damage and help a company avoid needing to replace the entire system.

Strange Noises

After a hydraulic system is used for a while, the employees working in the vicinity get used to what it sounds like. If there are reports that a hydraulic system is making odd noises while in operation, it usually indicates a problem. Some odd noises that may be heard include screeching, whining, banging or knocking. In the event that you wear knocking or banging sounds, that usually points towards aeration, which means that there is air mixed in with the hydraulic fluid.

Screeching or whining sounds from a hydraulic system are often caused by cavitation, meaning that there is metal debris mixed in with the hydraulic fluid. Cavitation can cause serious wear and tear to the components of a hydraulic system, so this issue needs to be addressed right away.

Hydraulic Fluid Temperature is Too High

The fluid within a hydraulic system needs to be maintained at a certain temperature. When the temperature of the fluid is too high, its viscosity decreases which results in inadequate lubrication of the system's components. In addition, hydraulic fluid that is too hot can also damage seals and decrease the lifespan of the equipment. When it is noted that the hydraulic fluid temperature is too high, professional repairs are needed.