As a part of routine work around your equipment, it is a good idea to test all fittings and connections. Most of the time, equipment is used in the same way, time and time again. Yet, when you need to use something like a quick disconnect in an emergency, it is critical for you to know it is going to work. Yet, you may not do much to check these components to be sure they are working. That is a mistake. There are a few key signs that your quick connect coupling may not be working properly.
The Tight Fit
One of the things that are important to know about a quick connect coupling is that these should snap into place and pull out very easily. However, they need to be snug at the same time. The goal of these fittings is to provide a fast way to stop the flow of fluid (or to turn it on). Yet, it is not very common for you to find couplings that are simplistic. You may need to replace it if this is no longer a snug fit. If it is too easy to pull off at all, meaning it is no longer tight, you need to replace it.
Take a closer look at the condition of the coupling itself. It is best to replace it if there is any indication of wear and tear. Tools, for example, used on these can damage it wearing down the actual connection points. You do not want this to happen.
When you need to replace your quick connect coupling, be sure to replace it with the same size and gauge. It is essential to get the details right here since this can ultimately determine just how functional the system is.
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