7 Mistakes That Could Cause Air Compressor Malfunctions This Winter
An air compressor is an important tool for most industrial operations. However, performing proper and adequate maintenance is the only way to be sure that you can take advantage of the maximum lifespan of air compressor equipment at your facility.
Adequate maintenance becomes especially important during the winter months because cold weather operation can be particularly hard on air compressor components. The following are seven maintenance mistakes you need to avoid to prevent air compressor malfunctions and maximize the lifespan of your air compressor equipment.
Allowing Moisture to Build Up in the Receiver Tank
One important maintenance task to take care of on a regular basis is draining the receiver tank. An air compressor naturally experiences moisture buildup during normal operation. Fortunately, this moisture can easily be drained through a valve that is located in the receiver tank. It’s especially important to avoid moisture buildup in the receiver tank for those who use air compressors in a humid climate.
Operating an Air Compressor with Loosened Fasteners
When an air compressor operates, vibrations can occur which can loosen fasteners. Check components on a regular basis to insure electrical connections, hose connections and other fasteners have not loosed up. Keep an eye on fasteners and tighten them as necessary to ensure that your tools and air compressor continue to function safely and efficiently.
Leaving Air Filters in Too Long
One of the most simple maintenance tasks you can perform on an industrial air compressor is changing the air filter. Changing the air filter is also one of the most important maintenance tasks you need to perform to prevent malfunctions and a general decrease in air compressor efficiency.
Often, the manufacturer specifications of your air compressor will note how frequently you should change the air filter. It’s best to follow the schedule that the manufacturer has set, but you should also routinely inspect your air filters to see if they have built up enough debris and residue to warrant a replacement.
Never Giving the Fuel Tank a Thorough Cleaning
Over time, the fuel tank of a gas-fueled air compressor can build up residue that will hamper efficient operations over time. It’s important to periodically clean out your fuel tank as part of your regular maintenance regime to ensure efficient operations and prevent malfunctions.
Not Inspecting Hoses to Detect Cracks or Corrosion
Hoses are one of the most important components of an air compressor assembly. Components are responsible for ensuring that adequate air pressure reaches pneumatic tools and supplies them with enough power to ensure their safe operation.
Over time, hoses can become corroded or develop fissures that will detract from their efficiency. Regularly inspect your hoses, and if you notice any issues, replace them so that your pneumatic tool keep functioning properly.
Neglecting to Change Compressor Oil
Like most mechanical systems, an air compressor cannot function properly if it is not supplied with enough oil to keep it properly lubricated. It’s a good idea to check air compressor oil levels on a daily basis. An inadequate supply of oil can cause premature wear of air compressor components, especially when an air compressor is used at low wintertime temperatures.
Cleaning Out Heat Exchangers
Heat exchangers are a vital component of industrial air compressors because they minimize operating temperature. If the operating temperature of an air compressor unit gets too high, the unit can prematurely wear out and malfunction. Regularly cleaning heat exchangers can keep an air compressor operating efficiently throughout the year.
Contact Compressor Pump and Services, Inc. for more information on maintenance and service on your industrial air compressor equipment.