When You Might Consider Replacing Your Equipment's Hydraulic Cylinders

Posted on: 16 July 2021

Hydraulic cylinders are able to create force and thus help power a lot of systems. However, nothing lasts forever. If these signs show up eventually, you might need to get serious about finding a replacement.

Slowing Down

You should be able to get a lot of good years out of a hydraulic cylinder if you take care of it. Then down the line, this component will start to slow down. You might have to wait longer to get the right amount of force to drive equipment that relies on these cylinders. 

If these signs of slowing are pretty dramatic and they don't get any better, your hydraulic cylinder may have finally reached the end of its lifecycle. Repairs may not help you restore performance and if you tried to repair the cylinder, you're might be delaying the inevitable.

Extremely Hot Temperatures

When a hydraulic cylinder is running at full power, it has the potential to get hot. However, if this excessive temperature remains even when you perform the right maintenance steps, there could be a serious flaw with the hydraulic cylinder.

It's experiencing more friction than normal and if you were to continue relying on the cylinder, it may break down completely. You want to replace a hydraulic cylinder that's at this point before full breakdown takes place because that's going to protect the surrounding components. Keep an eye on the temperatures created by your hydraulic cylinders so that you know when to replace them if they reach a point beyond normal operating capacity.

Substantial Increase in Energy Costs

There are going to be energy costs associated with equipment that relies on hydraulic cylinders. If your cylinders work harder than they normally do, there is going to be more energy created and thus your rates should go up.

If your rates continue to go up or stay at a high point, that's probably because your hydraulic cylinders are no longer able to work without creating a bunch of friction. You need to get a new hydraulic cylinder in place of the one performing badly so that you aren't paying an abnormal amount keeping hydraulic equipment running.

While of course maintenance can help, eventually all equipment wears down. If you are sure you can't perform a repair, then a replacement will be the best thing you can do when major problems start happening with your hydraulic cylinders. To learn more, contact a hydraulic cylinder supplier.