Your trash or linen chute has many moving parts, which often take a good deal of abuse and can wear over time. While these parts are made to be very durable, it is important to note that in order to keep your chute in good working order you may want to check those parts periodically. One of the parts you should check during this time is the chute hydraulic as it can easily wear down over time and impede quality operation if broken.
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In order to check the chutes hydraulic, you will need to open the chute door and look inside. The chutes hydraulic is a piston and cylinder assembly measuring roughly 10-11 inches and looks much like the closer on a screen door. First, you want to open and close the door a few times to make sure the piston action is smooth and does not catch in places where the piston may be bent. You also want to check to make sure the screws are intact and that the clip is not bent. On the other end of the trash chutes hydraulic are the brackets and it should not be chipped or broken in any way. If any of these components fails the visual and operation test, it is time to replace the part. Our hydraulic closers are adjustable, meaning that you can adjust the speed of the door closure.
Replacing the retractable chute hydraulic is quite a simple process and requires little more than a screwdriver, some elbow grease, and a helper to hold a flashlight. While replacing the chute closer, be sure to note any damage to other parts you may see and always follow all instructions to ensure safety and good working operation of your linen or trash chute.
When performing maintenance on your bottom hinged trash or laundry chute, one of the main things you want to check is the chute closure. You want to make sure that this particular gas closure is free of dents or cracks that could impede proper movement. Often called a gas piston or gas spring, it looks exactly like a piston and should be easy to locate. You should note the following during the inspection: The gas piston, the piston chamber tube, and the ball joints on both ends. The mechanism when opened fully is about 17” and around 10” when closed and the gas piston should open and close completely as the extended function opens and closes your chute door. Aside from a physical inspection, you should also listen to the chute closure while attempting to close the chute door. What you are listening for is any excessive leaking air or sticking points in the closure which could mean the part is broken and needs replaced.
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Gas and Hydraulic Chute Closure Solutions
Not to be confused with a hydraulic closer which looks more like a screen door closer with a clip device on one end and a much smaller hydraulic piston on the other end that measure 10″ inches (cylinder) and retracts your door; This device actually uses liquid in its operation rather than air which is used in a gas closure. This piece of equipment is necessary for smooth operation of the chute door in bottom hinged and side hinged doors. Checking you chute closer periodically ensures good operation of your trash or laundry chute for as long as possible. If the chute closure needs to be replaced, finding and buying a replacement as well as installation is as easy as following the simple instructions. Failure to properly follow instructions may not only damage this and other parts but also void any warranties associated with the parts.
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