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Repairing, Retrofitting, and Replacing Parts: Which is Right For You?

June 26, 2013

When it comes to the question of rebuilding and retrofitting valves versus replacing them entirely, how do you know which to choose?  Of course, every situation and application is different, but when you’re working with a valve specialist, you can be guided to the pros and cons, various scenarios, and ultimately, the right choice for you.  Whenever a customer of ours comes to us with an old part, and is unsure of which choice to make, we will provide quotes for both replacement and repair, and go over all aspects of each option.

No matter what the choice, factors such as brand, age of the product, size of the project, and specific reasons for needing to change it come into play.

Of course cost is also a huge issue. When you are dealing with a small, lower-priced commodity-type valve, it will most likely be just as cost effective to replace the entire part as it will be to rebuild it; the labor and time involved in repair most likely isn’t worth it. However, when you are looking at a larger, more expensive product—perhaps a valve that goes for $5,000—it’s very often more cost effective to rebuild it. For ½ or 1/3 the price, we can rebuild the valves at our facilities and save you considerable amounts of money.

The particular industry and application are also a factor.  In certain industries if a product is changed out or updated, for instance, the process can be consumed in departmental approvals and reviews creating an inordinate amount of down time and increasing the costs.   In cases such as this, there is a much greater value in having the valve repaired versus replaced.

In general, it’s important to remember that when changing parts of a larger system, any replacement may have an affect somewhere else in the process. However, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it sounds.  Consider these factors, and work with a professional who knows all there is to know about your options.  They will be able to guide you through this process, provide all the specifications you need, and will help you make the right decision for your needs.

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