Is Your Shop Machine Spitting Out Fluid? What To Look For

2 September 2016
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If one of the machines on your shop floor is getting fluids everywhere and you don't know what's wrong, there are a few things you'll want to do before you call the mechanic. The problem may be minor, and you may be able to fix it on your own.

There are a lot of internal components in the machine that can cause the machine to leak fluid, or the problem may be the construction of the machine. Here are a few things to look at to pinpoint the reason you have fluid leaking out of the machine.

Investigate the Check Valve

The check valve is the valve that forces the fluid in the machine to flow a specific direction, and prevents the fluid from backing up or going the wrong way. If the check valve isn't functioning properly, the fluids may be coming up through areas in the machine where the fluid can leak out.

This is problematic because the fluid could be damaging parts it isn't supposed to be in contact with and not getting to the locations where it is needed. If this is the case, you'll want to order a new check valve from a supplier like Monumental Supply Company and replace it or have a professional do the work.

Examine the Hoses

If there is a hose on the machine that has a broken seal, is cracked, or is damaged in any other way, it could be allowing the fluids to leak out of the hose and into the machine or around it. Replacing the hose is something that your machine staff can probably do on their own, but you want to make sure the fixtures and the seal are tight so you don't end up with fluid loss again.

Damaged Fluid Tank

The tanks that hold the fluids can get damaged over time, or an internal machine part could have caused damaged to the tank. Check the fluid tanks to see if they are having a hard time holding in the fluids that are needed or if they are low because that would indicate they are leaking.

If your machine is starting to spit out or leak fluid at any time, shut it down and find the source of the problem so the machine doesn't get damaged because there isn't fluid. You want to check these options, and then call a service technician if you can't figure the issue out on your own.