Regular servicing and air compressor maintenance is integral to the consistent performance and quality of your compressed air system. Compressed air is a vital tool in a range of industry sectors, ranging from aerospace and automotive, to dairies, textiles and fish farming. Compressed air can run tools and machinery, provide power for material handling systems and ensures clean, fresh air in polluted environments.
As compressed air systems are crucial for industrial and commercial operations, air compressor maintenance is therefore essential too. Air compressor maintenance ensures the upkeep of your air compressor and that it continues to operate efficiently and effectively.
What does air compressor maintenance involve?
There are number of steps to be followed when carrying out air compressor maintenance. These are summarised below:
- The air compressor must be turned off before servicing.
- The cleanliness of the compressor oil must be maintained. The oil must be changed according to the manufacturer’s suggestions. High quality oil must be used in the compressor and sampling must be carried out every month.
- Retain the cleanliness of air inlet filters
- Keep the motor belts tight to lessen leakages in the compressor.
Neglecting the air compressor maintenance routine may poison the entire air system which may subsequently lead to various other problems. The pressure of the compressor must be at its highest level to ensure it is functioning efficiently. If there are any leaks in the distribution piping, or a contaminated dryer heat exchanger, it may cause the lowering of pressure at the time of operation. Moreover, the malfunctioning of a compressor air dryer may bring water into the pipelines. Therefore, it is necessary to change the compressor air dryer when it is required.
The improper pressure switch setting may lead to excessive load per hour ratio. This can be rectified by adjusting the setting in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. In addition, other serious problems which can be avoided with regular air compressor maintenance include:
- Restricted air flow
- Restricted oil flow
- Reduction in the level of oil
The restricted airflow can be remedied by cleaning the cooler exterior and checking of inlet filter mats. The level of the oil can be maintained by checking the compressor level regularly and adding oil if necessary. Finally, the restricted flow of oil can be rectified by removing the restriction or changing any necessary parts.
The above points clearly delineate some basic problems of air compressors and how regular air compressor maintenance can keep the system running efficiently and effectively. For more information about our air compressor maintenance service please contact us today.