Why Your Hydraulic Cylinder Is Overheating

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When hydraulic fluids are headed, this is the result of inefficiencies. Inefficiencies are converted into heat. The heat load is related to the total power lost as a result of inefficiencies. When the heat exceeds 180 degrees Fahrenheit, the integrity of the seal compounds begins to degrade. This can lead to leaks. Also, the viscosity of the fluid falls below the optimal range for the components of the hydraulic system. 

Preventing Overheating

In order to keep the hydraulic system from overheating, the heat of the hydraulic system must be lower than the capacity of the system to dissipate the heat. Therefore, it is necessary either to reduce the heat load or increase the heat dissipation. The heat of the hydraulic system is dissipated through a reservoir. It is important to check the reservoir fluid level to make sure that it isn't low. If it is low, it is important to replace the lost fluid. It is also important to make sure there are no obstructions of airflow around the reservoir. There might be dirt or debris that has built up and needs to be removed. 

Heat Exchangers

Make sure that the heat exchanger core is not blocked. The heat exchanger will not be able to effectively dissipate heat if the air flow is blocked. Therefore, the exchange may need to be cleaned in order to make sure that the hydraulic system does not overheat. Also, as the hydraulic system overheats, debris shed from internal components can contribute to the degree to which the heat exchanger becomes clogged.

User Adjustments

Another common reason for a hydraulic cylinder overheating is that the user made an adjustment to the system in order to improve it, but is not knowledgeable enough about how the system functions. This leads to the user making adjustments that cause the system to not cool properly. If you feel the need to make a modification to a hydraulic cylinder, it is always better to hire a qualified engineer.

The Importance Of A Cool Cylinder

Overheating can place a strain on the internal components of the hydraulic system. Therefore, it is important that the overheating of the hydraulic cylinders be addressed as early as possible or hydraulic cylinder repair may be necessary. Also, if the hydraulic fluids are not functioning properly as a result of the hydraulic cylinder overheating, this can lead to other components becoming damaged as a result of a lack of lubrication.

To learn more about hydraulic cylinder repair services, visit Hydraulic Hose & Cylinder Inc


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