How to Choose the Right Flexible Hose

Posted: November 29, 2022 | Category: Flexible Hoses

When choosing a flexible hose for your operation, it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your needs. Every flexible hose is designed to meet different specifications or to handle different substances, so it is crucial to choose a product that is suitable for your application. Choosing the wrong hose can drastically increase the risk of various safety hazards and equipment damage while reducing system performance and efficiency. That is why the experts at Flextech Industries have compiled some information to help you determine how to choose the right flexible hose and ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency for your system.

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4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Flexible Hose

When looking at your options for flexible hoses, it is crucial to consider the following factors before making a final decision:

1. The Intended Application

When choosing a flexible hose, you will need to consider the intended application. For example, hoses that transfer air will differ in many ways when compared to hoses that transfer water or gasoline. Other application-related considerations include the frequency at which the hose will be used and whether it needs to meet certain industrial or government standards. The environmental conditions that the hose will be exposed to will also affect which type of flexible hose is suitable for your needs, so it is crucial to consider each of these elements before making a final purchase.

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2. Working Pressure

The common working pressure of your application will have a direct impact on your options for flexible hoses. Whether the application calls for positive (PSI) or negative (Hg) pressure, choosing an inadequate hose can result in bursting or equipment damage. Be sure to understand your working pressure requirements to ensure that you are only looking at hoses that meet these specifications.

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3. Size/Dimensions

The selected hose must meet the diameter and length requirements of the job. Incorrect sizing will often result in clogs if the hose is too small or leaks if it is too large. This can be especially dangerous if the hose is used to transport fuel, hazardous materials, or substances that are extremely hot.

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4. Temperature Ratings

All flexible hoses have a temperature rating that determines their resistance to extreme heat or cold. Failure to match these requirements with your application can result in frozen or melted hoses. Internal and external temperatures directly impact the type of hose that should be selected for the job, so be sure to consider both before selecting a product.

To learn more about our selection of flexible hoses and other specialty products, get in touch with the team at Flextech Industries. We can be reached through our online contact form and will work with you to provide the perfect solution for your needs.