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4 Small Maintenance Tasks to Improve Air Compressor Efficiency

By In Information On April 23, 2020


Maintenance is critical when it comes to preserving the integrity of your air compressor and ensuring the efficiency of your compressed air system as a whole. Unfortunately, it’s easy to overlook small maintenance tasks that might not seem vital to the performance of your air compressor.

Although they might not seem important, it is these small tasks that could have a major impact on the durability and efficiency of your compressed air equipment in the future.

1. Drain Accumulated Moisture

The receiver tank is responsible for storing the compressed air that will be pushed through your compressed air system. Much of the moisture that is in this air supply will accumulate inside the receiver tank.

You must schedule system downtime to release the air pressure from your receiver tank and drain out any accumulated moisture on a regular basis.  Optional automatic drains are available from  your local compressor dealer.   If you allow moisture to build up inside your receiver tank for too long, you may find that the tank begins to show signs of deterioration.

Moisture has the potential to cause the receiver tank to begin corroding from the inside, reducing the lifespan of your compressed air system and causing your air compressor to run less efficiently over time.

2. Clean Intake Vents

Intake vents are a seemingly small component that can have a direct impact on the performance of your air compressor.

Most compressors rely on air from the surrounding environment to function properly. The system pulls air across cooling heat exchangers or fins through intake vents, so intake vents and heat exchangers must be kept clean if you want to maintain the efficiency of your air compressor as a whole.

Dirty intake vents, cooling fins or heat exchangers make it more difficult for cooling air to pass through causing the compressor to run hotter, which could lead to premature equipment failure.

Intake vents, cooling fins or heat exchangers should be cleaned regularly, especially if the environment in your facility can be classified as dusty or dirty.

3. Inspect All Hoses

Each component in a compressed air system is connected to the compressor using hoses. Many of the hoses that service air compressors are made from thick rubber. Age, extreme pressure, and poor operating conditions can all cause rubber hoses to deteriorate over time.

One of the biggest hose-related threats to your air compressor system is a leak. An air leak causes the compressed air moving through a damaged hose to lose pressure, which can result in inefficiencies in air compressor function.

You can apply a mixture of liquid dish soap and warm water to the outside of all hoses to help check for air leaks. Any bubbles that form on the surface of the hoses when the compressor is turned on are likely the result of air leaking from within.

Proper hose maintenance can extend the life of your compressed air system and increase the efficiency of your compressor.

4. Tighten All Fittings

Vibration is a natural product of the compression process. This vibration can cause fittings within your compressed air system to come loose.

Loose fittings can be dangerous. Excessive movement during operation can compromise the efficiency of your air compressor and result in blown fittings that become airborne projectiles.

Check all of the screws, hose connections, and other fittings in your compressed air system regularly and tighten up anything that appears to be loose.

You must make time for maintenance tasks, both big and small, if you want your compressed air system to last. At Compressor-Pump & Service, Inc., we understand the important role a compressed air system plays in your company’s day-to-day activities.

Contact us for help servicing and maintaining your air compressor today.


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