Hydraulic Cylinder “Jack” Dangers!

5 Reasons to pay attention to your hydraulic Jack / Cylinder…

blown and corroded cylinder

  1. Injury: Systems that are experiencing loss of oil, or blown out jack / cylinder can fall short of floor level. passengers are not always paying attention entering and exiting elevators, especially with the invention of smart phones! This is a law-suit waiting to happen, as serious injuries can be sustained. As a building owner or manager you certainly do not want anyone falling, getting in or out of your elevators. If you notice your elevator falling short of floor height, this is one serious indication you have an oil issue. Call GNE for an inspection of your system as soon as you suspect any issues with your systems.
  2. Environmental: Faulty old, and corrosive cylinders can not only cost you timely repairs and replacement costs, it is heavily frowned upon by local, town, and federal EPA officials. Old cylinders (“Jacks”) that corrode and blow out below ground can cause irreversible damage to grounds and waterways. These costs can not only add up to your, already costly repairs, but the EPA fines are incredibly steep. Avoid these fines! if your system is acting peculiar, maybe not making it up all the way to the top floor, if you smell excessive hydraulic oil at the lower floor levels, these are just 2 indications your system is losing oil. Call GNE to inspect your cylinder or possible oil loss, don’t wait till it’s too late.
  3. Further Damage to the System: A system that is running low on oil because of possible cylinder damage will lead to other faults in your system. Electronics monitoring systems for your elevators like, floor leveling and speed can be affected and begin to have faults of their own. There is a vast array of other systems in place that control your elevators performance, don’t let these sensitive controls get damaged because of faulty cylinders or oil loss.
  4. Hydraulic Pump: This pump is located within your hydraulic tank, submerged in what can be anywhere from 25 gallons, up to 200 gallons of hydraulic fluid. When oil runs low, oil gets warmer, the system and pump heats up, in some cases the oil ( when the system is at the top floors will run too low in the tank) leaving the motor exposed and no longer submerged as it should be. In one word, this spells “disaster”. So now, not only are you paying for possible environmental fines and penalties, a cylinder replacement, new oil and all the work that goes into that, you are now paying for a new Hydraulic pump, which is extremely expensive! Don’t blow up your hydraulic oil pump! Call GNE to investigate any low oil issues you may have to avoid these costly repairs from happening.
  5. Hydraulic Oil: Clean up in your building is a messy prospect. A few hundred gallons of hydraulic oil spilled throughout the pit and basement of your building is nothing short of menacing. This is an extensive, very costly clean up. oil destroys everything in its path and leaves horrendous odors and stains just about everything but metal! It’s a sure thing you’ll be purchasing crates and boxes of oil clean up supplies if this happens in your building.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Please be proactive with all the warning signs, and don’t hesitate to call us to inspect any issues you may be having. We’ll be glad to help you avoid these 5 Things!