Common Hydraulic Hose Issues To Watch For

If you're new to the maintenance, upkeep, and inspection of hydraulic equipment, it's important that you understand some of the most common issues you might encounter. A lot of the problems you might run into involve the hoses and fittings. Here are some of the things that you might run into and tips to deal with them.

The Hose Comes Off The Fitting

If the hose comes completely off the fitting, that's a sure sign that it wasn't attached deep enough on the fitting. You need to make sure that the hoses are tightly secured when you attach them, otherwise, they will blow off the fitting once the pressure builds up in the system. If there are any clamps or other things on the hose, make sure they are tightened as well.

The Outer Hose Cover Becomes Cracked Or Brittle

In most cases, this type of physical hose damage is because the hose has been exposed to heat beyond the maximum recommended temperature for that particular material. Every hydraulic hose has an operating temperature range, and when a hose is put into an application that exceeds that temperature, it can actually damage the elastics and the components of the hose. Make sure that you know exactly how hot your machine runs, and choose hoses that are appropriately rated for that operating temperature to avoid these problems.

You're Seeing Bubbles Near The Fitting

If you see bubbles coming out of the hydraulic hose near the fitting, that's a sign that your hose is actually seeping. It may have been cut, worn, or cracked to lead to this, but either way, it needs to be replaced.

Remember that hydraulic systems depend heavily on maintaining a pressurized system. When you have any kind of leak, even a small one, it alters the pressure balance in the system. You should replace any lines that are bubbling or showing signs of even the smallest punctures.

Keeping those hoses in good condition will help to not only maintain the pressure and efficiency of the system but also to help prevent fluid loss, which can affect productivity. Make sure that you inspect the system regularly for any signs of these types of leaks because they are easy to overlook if you aren't being attentive.

The more you understand about your hydraulic system, the easier it is to keep it working at its best. The better prepared you are when it comes to monitoring your hoses, the less chance you'll have of trouble. Talk with a local hydraulic services technician for more information. For more information, contact a company like RNL HYDRAULICS SALES & SERVICE.