What You Need to Know About Commercial Air Compressor Maintenance

Working with a commercial air compressor can make your job a whole lot easier, and taking proper care of your commercial air compressor will play a significant role in helping you get the most out of your tools.

This article will discuss the three tips that will help you keep your commercial air compressor in the best condition to get the job done.

1. A commercial air compressor is powered by an engine which is either powered by gasoline or electricity. It is a machine that has parts that will suffer wear and tear and need replacing. Start with keeping an eye on all its screws, nuts, and bolts, and parts that could become loose from the vibrations that the engine will inevitably emit. Keep your eye on the oil, the user manual for your particular compressor model will tell you approximately at how many hours of use you need to replace it, keep track of that number. While you are keeping track of hours used, keep an eye on your air filters, both the oil and the air filters must be changed after enough use, and if you do not change them appropriately, your tools will suffer, and eventually your compressor will break. Your user manual will also tell you at what frequency the separator element and heat exchangers need changing, and it’s important to replace those when required because if you do not the compressor will not function properly at all. The last engine thing to keep an eye on and check pretty regularly is the emergency shut off. This function is useful to have when too much heat or oil is getting into the compressor. If it doesn’t function the way it should, that could spell disaster for you and your compressor!

2. This one sounds obvious, but I have to say it, pay attention to your hoses, check them regularly, a busted hose won’t break your compressor right away, but it will impact other parts of the engine and make it harder for the sum of the parts to do their job. The hoses connect the various aspects of the device from one piece to another, if the hoses are not functioning correctly, that will affect the rest of the compressor, do your compressor a favor and keep an eye on those hoses.

3. Drain the water from the compressor tank on a regular basis, consult your owners manual but usually, your compressors tank has a release valve, that’s not for releasing pressurized air to scare your friends, it’s for releasing water that builds up in there. If you live in a humid climate, as the air compressor is doing its job water and oil will build up in its compressor tank and will need to be released on a regular basis.

None of these are rocket science. In fact, if you read your user manual, a lot of this was probably in there already. Taking care of your air compressor is going to be the determining factor on whether or not it lasts long and serves you well.

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