All types of valves become subject to repair or replacement over the course of their life.Understanding the total cost of ownership of your valves is an important part in the decision making in the upkeep of your valves and process efficiency.
As with anything else, some variables can affect your total cost of ownership, such as the age of the valve, environmental requirements, repair costs and expertise, and type of valve, to name a few. Valves are typically a capital expense so maximizing every valve dollar spent is critical.
The line between repairing a valve economically or deciding to replace a valve has risen because some professionals will not consider repairing certain valves sizes of certain materials and with more specialized materials and conditions the threshold continues to rise for go/no-go repair decision. Some valves are more critical than others and require a higher level of maintenance and repair, meaning more expertise, time and technology, equaling a higher cost.