Valves are generally manufactured to be reliable in operation, sturdy, very durable. However, there are conditions that industrial valves do not last the way they are supposed to. Identifying these conditions can help lengthen the life of the valve. In addition, valve maintenance is an important aspect of any valve life. But, with the right installation and maintenance, you can extend your valve life service.
Over time, all valves will required to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. However, there is no reason why valves shouldn’t have a long product life cycle. With proper installation and maintenance, your valves will last longer and need fewer repairs. Through pre-emptive maintenance (whether manual or automated), you can keep track of your valves’ performance, troubleshoot issues that are affecting their lifespan, and take care of minor problems before they spiral out of control.
To extend the life of your valves follow proper selection, installation and maintenance can guarantee optimal performance and longevity. Have information of valve specifications to know what material the valve is made of, the pressure and temperature range and the like. Right valve selection process, you might choose the improper valve. This could mean a potential loss.
Proper installation initiates in the conservation of the valves after these are delivered as valves can get impaired from corrosion caused by negligence, especially when the valves are left exposed in the elements. Use proper apparatus such as cloth, lubricant or wire brushes to clean the valve body and components such as the stem threads, studs, nuts and the like. There should be regular tests conducted so that there is early detection of possible leakages and the like. While this may be viewed as a costly endeavour, one of the best ways to increase the lifespan of industrial valves is to conduct leakage tests. Learning the nature of the specific valve, cleaning the valve and conducting preventive maintenance, among others, can increase the life of industrial valves.