When to replace a solenoid valve?
When determining the best time to replace a solenoid valve, you should ask yourself the following types of questions as part of your evaluation process:
- How costly would an unexpected valve failure be to operations?
- Would a failure present a health and safety risk to your workforce?
- Which would be more cost-effective: maintenance or replacement?
When to replace a solenoid valve is a question that largely depends on the valve type and its application. For example, in demanding applications involving heavy usage and minimal lubrication, it is not out of the question that your solenoid valve could require replacing within a mere 100,000 cycles. Whereas, you could reasonably expect closer to the region of millions of cycles in the case of a well maintained, lubricated solenoid valve.
As a general rule of thumb, if your solenoid valve show signs of wear or damage, then it is likely time for a replacement. For the utmost performance of your flow control systems, a proactive approach can pay dividends and opting for a replacement valve can often prove more cost-efficient than factoring in maintenance and labour fees. Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, prevent valve failure by seeking expert advice at the specification stage and adopt good maintenance practices to avoid costly valve repairs or replacements down the line.
How to replace a solenoid valve?
The type and cost of valve in question, the media, application and the opportunity to upgrade and improve the process will all affect your decision to repair or replace failing valves. At the point of failure with relatively low-cost valves, such as small solenoid-operated valves, it is usually beneficial to replace the valve with a new component, which carries the manufacturer’s warranty.
Even the most comprehensively tested Bürkert solenoid valves, designed to cope with millions of operations, can be subjected to extreme operating conditions beyond the scope of the design parameters. If, as is often the case, these types of processes are likely to result in thousands of pounds’ worth of downtime per hour lost, a straight replacement is often the default choice.
Make Bürkert your preferred solenoid valve manufacturer
Knowing when to replace a solenoid valve is a calculated judgement call. The same can be said for choosing a solenoid valve manufacturer. Choosing a solenoid valve from Bürkert makes sense, both from an operational and commercial perspective. With our dedicated world-class engineers, and superlative manufacturing facilities, we can deliver a range of durable, reliable and competitively priced solenoid valves for just about any application scenario. So the question of how to replace a solenoid valve is to speak to Bürkert today for the industry’s finest solenoid products and expertise.
Your reliable Bürkert sales consultant and our system engineers work in tandem to ask the right questions to ensure we provide the right solenoid valves for your application. So whether you require a direct-acting 2- or 3-way plunger valve, a direct-acting pivoted armature valve or a servo-assisted coupled diaphragm solenoid valve; Bürkert has all the hardware and expertise you will ever need. Speak to one of our sales or engineering team today to find out which solenoid valve is the best option for you.