The small yet robust solenoid valve is a powerful electromechanical gatekeeper. It has the important task of controlling the flow of liquid, air, gases or particles for a larger system. Yet even the most reliable of valves can fatigue or become inoperable, thus shutting down or affecting a system's performance. As with any mechanical apparatus, proactive maintenance of a solenoid valve can extend life and ensure consistent operation.
Often, a valve's issue may be simple enough to identify and fix on your own. The nemesis could be the valve's environment, the media or even the application. Valves that have to work harder often have a shorter lifespan — about 1-3 years. Through regular maintenance, users can extend the valve's lifespan and keep operations on track.
Solenoid valve maintenance first focuses on identifying areas of wear and tear, and then replacing the affected components. In addition, the valve's components are checked to ensure they are clean and free of material buildup that can affect the energizing and de-energizing of the valve system as a whole.