Welding Machine Maintenance

September 23, 2021

Taking regular care of your welding machine could mean the difference between life and death. Maintenance of your welding machines ensures they are working properly and when done regularly, tasks are extremely easy. Incomplete, improper, or neglected maintenance can result in equipment failure leading to a serious risk of injury or death. Follow our recommended maintenance schedule so that your welding machine runs safely for a long time.

Maintenance Schedule:

8 Hours

  • Wipe up oil and fuel spills
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Service the air filter

50 Hours

  • Service the air filter element
  • Clean and tighten weld terminals

100 Hours

  • Change the oil
  • Change the oil filter
  • Change and tighten the battery connections
  • Clean the cooling system

200 Hours

  • Replace the unreadable labels
  • Replace the fuel filter
  • Check the valve clearance

250 Hours

  • Check and clean the spark arrestor

500 Hours

  • Tape or replace cracked cables
  • Clean/set injectors

1000 Hours

  • Blow out or vacuum the inside of the equipment. (This should be done monthly during heavy use).

Maintaining Electrical Systems

Electricity is the primary power source of most welding processes. Therefore, regular inspection and upkeep of your electrical systems are crucial to avoid dangerous accidents that could result in debilitating injury or death. Below is a routine checklist to use on your electrical systems:

  • At least once every six months, disconnect power units and blow out or vacuum the machine’s interior.
  • Using a wire brush, clean the wire feeder and drive rolls at least once every three to four months. Replace the drive rolls if necessary.
  • Clean or replace the inlet and outlet guides.
  • Arrange for a technician to service the welding gun and liner assembly at least once a year.
  • Once a month, inspect all the electrical cables for signs of wear, including cracks or breaks. Replace cables with excessively worn or damaged insulation.
  • Monthly, inspect safety equipment to ensure circuit breaks and interlocks are working properly.

Maintaining Shielding Gas Cylinders

Regular inspection of all your materials will increase the life of the products and ensure they are replaced immediately if any damage is found. Below is a checklist for proper inspection and storage of shielding gas cylinders:

  • Store shielding gas cylinders in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep them in an upright position.
  • Inspect regulators and valves every six months to confirm there are no leaks or breaches that give incorrect pressure readings.
  • Coil hoses for storage to prevent kinks.
  • Replace creased or damaged hoses.

Zaskoda Repair is authorized to maintain, service, or replace a variety of equipment brands. We are centrally located so that we can service oil field, construction, or agricultural equipment and machinery across the state of Texas. For more questions about welding machine maintenance or repair, contact Zaskoda Repair today.