The solenoid valve is a pretty common part used in a bevy of different types of appliances and machines. The main purpose of the solenoid valve, like any other type of valve, is to regulate the flow of a gas or liquid. The solenoid valve is an ingenious little device because where once something like the flow of gas would have to be constantly monitored by someone, gas solenoid valves keep gas flowing safely and without incident. These important pieces of equipment do important work, so it is equally important that they are properly maintained.
One way to keep your solenoid valves in excellent working order is to make sure that whichever material they are regulating is not compromised in some way. If we take gas solenoid valves as our example, it is important to make sure that the gas itself is flowing properly. Once that you have made sure there is not anything wrong with the gas itself, you should verify that there is not anything internal to the valve that would corrupt the valve’s ability to operate. Sometimes a valve will stop working just because it has been in use for so long. Nothing lasts forever, so if your gas solenoid valve is not functioning properly consider the age of the valve.
Other things that can affect the functioning of a solenoid valve, gas or otherwise, are the conditions in which the valve operates. If the valve is housed in a machine that is subject to extreme temperature changes or in an area that accumulates a lot of dirt and dust, chances are the solenoid valve will not last as long as one that is set in a more pristine setting. Ideally, the solenoid valve should be placed where it won’t take a lot of abuse, but if that is not possible, make sure you check the valve semi-regularly just to be sure it is working as it should.