When you work in an industrial setting, your gauges are essential. They allow you to read how much fluid, pressure or weight is being applied to or released from your machines, and that allows you to ensure that your work area is productive and safe. However, if your gauges are malfunctioning, that could lead to a range of issues. Here are four signs your gauges may need a repair or recalibration.
The Gauge Is Reading the Highest or Lowest Setting for No Reason
Does your equipment seem to be working like normal? Is it making the usual noises and actions? However, is the needle on the gauge at the highest or lowest point?
If you've answered yes to all of these questions, that is a definite sign that you need a gauge repair. In this case, the spring that controls the needle is likely broken, and the needle is just falling to the side not indicating anything.
The Gauge Changes When You Tap On It
All gauges may register a slight change when you tap onto them, but then, the needle should settle right back to where it was. If your gauge is reading lower than normal but the needle shifts into the correct spot when you tap it, this is a sign that the gauge is having issues.
In fact, this may mean that there is a clog somewhere in the system, and that is preventing the gauge from getting the information it needs to make a correct reading. When you tap it, the tap dissipates the effect of the clog for a little bit, allowing the gauge to work correctly. In this case, you may want a gauge repair but potentially also an equipment repair.
The Gauge Doesn't Change at All
If you check your gauges on a daily basis, you may want them to be within a target area. However, if you notice that day after day the gauges aren't changing at all, that could be a sign that they've stopped working.
In particular, the components may be rusted in place. If possible, try to check the pressure on your equipment with an external gauge. If the readings aren't fairly consistent, contact a gauge repair specialist.
There Are Leaks Around the Gauge
If your gauge is connected to a pressurized water supply, it's likely threaded onto the equipment. There may not be a seal between the gauge and the water. If the water is leaking out around the gauge, the pressure in the whole system will be off, but your gauge also won't be able to work correctly.
In this case, the threads that hold the gauge in place may be stripped, and you may need a replacement gauge.
If you are having these issues or any other issues, it's time to contact a gauge repair services company, like Nationwide Gage Calibration, to help you.