For many types of equipment, the hydraulic hose assemblies are what keeps the equipment running. When a hydraulic hose breaks and renders itself unusable, production schedules can instantly come to a halt, wasting time and money. While planned maintenance can prevent premature failure, planning to replace your hose assemblies before an unexpected failure can protect your operations from financial and production loss.
At this point, you may be wondering when exactly you should replace your hose assemblies. Know that you do not need to replace your hydraulic hoses if there are no signs of cracks, twisting, leakage, or abrasions. In most cases, these symptoms are all signs of an impended failure as well as loss of flexibility, wetness or leaks, and cracked rubber. Once you notice these signs, there is no way to tell how much longer the assembly will last, so it is best to move forward with replacement as soon as possible.
We recommend visually inspecting your hydraulic hose assemblies on a regular basis and logging trouble spots to keep an eye on. You should also follow recommended guidelines for orientation, twist, bend orientation, and storage to maximize the lifespan of your hoses while also realizing that hoses still have a finite shelf life.
If you aren’t sure whether you should replace your hydraulic hose assemblies, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Hoser, Inc. We are incredibly knowledgeable about all things hoses, and we would be happy to give you additional guidance.