Your air compressor needs to be kept healthy as a way prolonging its lifespan as well as maximizing its efficiency thus reduction of running costs. Below are some ten important ways that can be utilized to ensure the maximum health of this special tool.
1.Ensure that you thoroughly go through the manufacturer’s manual
There are many tricks that you can learn from the manufacturer’s manual. There is no one who knows how to take care of a product better than its manufacturer. Though there are some general maintenance methods that cut across all the air compressors, some requirements are unique to some specific compressors. Only the manufacturer knows about them. It’s therefore wise for you to listen to the manufacturer’s advice by reading the manual.
2.Always confirm the oil levels
In the event that your compressor is one that takes in oil, always ensure that you regularly check the levels before and during use. Ensure that you top it up whenever it runs low. After an average of about 500 to 1000 hours of using, change the oil by pouring out the contents and replacing with fresh oil. Oil is very important in lubrication and maintaining the internal engine parts. When over-used, it loses its functional value hence the engine can end up knocking. Keenness is important as far as oiling is concerned.
3.Drain the oil and water removal traps
Dryers, air tanks, filters together with separators that have been designed for the removal of oil and water will only have maximum and efficient operation if the contaminants are periodically removed from the system. In case the drain comes with a test button, use it to ensure that the machines drains do function properly. The option of closely watching as the drain fills and dumps out on its own is yet another good option. Open the bypass of the drain (if it has one) and inspect it for any condensate that’s stuck upstream behind the blocked line.
4.Clean the air filter
An air filter that has a dirty air filter is always compelled to work harder thus using more energy for any job to be done. The compressor also runs at a risk of being contaminated, something that reduces its efficiency, even breaking it down completely. A regular check up and replacement of the filters when found to have a heavy clog of dirt and dust is important. Replace the air filters every 3-6 months in the event that you rarely use your compressor.
5.Replacement of the separator element is important
This is an element that has been designed to ensure that excessive use of oil is prevented. If you do not regularly change this element, your energy consumption rates would considerably increase. It’s more cost effective to change the element than to spend more on the running costs as there is always a 1% increase of energy costs with a drop in separator pressure by every 2 PSI.
6.Open up your ears and eyes
Always be on the lookout and keen. Any abnormal overheating, sound, excessive vibrations and slipping belts should not be taken lightly as these are indications that something must not be right. Inspect and fix whatever you find to be causing such abnormalities. Always beware of any gauge readings which are outside the normal spectrum range.
7.Periodically check for leaks
The output of an air compressor is significantly reduced by any forms of leaks. Up to more than 25% of generated compressed air may get lost via leaks. Ensure that you go through the gaskins and fittings to ensure that there is no leak as the energy loss would be directly proportional and with equal percentage as the percentage compressed air loss. This increases the running costs. The use of ultrasound leak detectors to check through the commonly affected areas namely: piping, packing’s, connections together with the pressure gauge connections.
8.Maintenance of the right temperatures
For the appropriate and proper operating temperatures, consult the manufacturer’s manual. Ensure that you operate within the acceptable range of temperature.
9.Keep the Air Compressor Clean
There is a rule that a dirty compressor is effectively damaged compressor. If you are lucky that it’s still working, it is just a matter of time before it loses its efficiency and ultimately gets completely damaged. Never let dust to build up around the motor, pump or the cooling fin areas. Proper release of heat as well as proper ventilation is hindered by dust buildup. Keeping your accessory well sealed and clean helps in the proper temperature management and maintenance of smoother operation.
10.Have a Stock of important parts such as filters
If you lack what’s needed, you will probably have to procrastinate doing what needs to be done. Always have spare parts handy ready for any needed replacement.
With these in mind, you are almost certain that you will keep your air compressor healthy in deed. Try these points out and you will save a lot.