Properly maintaining and replacing broken parts for your trash or laundry chute is a simple fact of life. You want your chute to remain in proper working function for as long as possible and there are a few parts that you should check periodically for good working order. If you have a side or bottom hinged chute door, one of these parts should be the 10” chute hydraulic closure. This hydraulic closer is crucial to good chute door operation and is actually an easy part to damage or wear out over time.
Upon examination of the chute door, the 10” chute door hydraulic closer looks very much like the closer on a screen door and works in nearly the same way. You will notice the clip on one end and the piston on the other end. The first thing you should look for is any loose or broken screws on the clip end. You should also examine both the piston and piston cylinder and clean any debris found on either. You should then check both parts for any cracks, dents or anything else that would impede proper motion. Open and close the door a few times to make sure the 10” hydraulic closer is working properly. If anything seems out of order, it may be time to replace the part.
Replacing the broken or worn out part is actually quite easy and should only require a screwdriver. Checking your 10” chute door hydraulic closer periodically ensures good chute door operation and overall life of the chute.