With summer being a time for relaxing, vacations, and fun, dealing with any issues involving an air compressor is the last thing any business owner or manufacturer wants to think about. Fortunately, there are easy steps to take to help prevent such a problem, making it easier to enjoy the summer months while knowing everything regarding the compressor is taken care of while you’re gone.
Just like most other machines, air compressors need to be regularly maintained to make sure they’re performing at their best, though exactly how they’re maintained may differ from season to season. Each season brings about a different set of routines to make sure the compressor is up and running as it should in all conditions.
In the summer months, air compressors are more prone to overheating. This is because of many factors, most obviously the warmer weather. An increase in pollen, insects, and other particles in the air can contribute to this as well. The particles are then more likely to get caught in air filters and block coolers, causing issues within the compressor. While one of these factors alone may not be enough to cause a problem, if not properly tended, a combination of these issues can cause the cooling system to fail, leading to serious damage.
When an air compressor cooling system fails, it results in condensation. The compressor’s dryer is then forced to produce compressed air that is more oily and moist in nature, leading to additional problems down the road.
To prevent this, it is highly recommended to keep to a regular preventative maintenance schedule. Changing the oil and air filters is recommended every 2,000 hours - think of it as similar to a car, which gets regular oil changes every 5,000-10,000 miles. Additionally, it is also advised to switch the oil, air and oil filters, and separator every 8,000 hours to make sure it can keep up in a more efficient manner.
Within these regular maintenance checks, it is also important to look at other factors that can help to prevent any breakdowns or failures within the compressor. This includes cleaning the coolers, making sure thermal valves are working properly, checking the fluids often, and making sure the compressor has been installed in a room with proper ventilation and cooling.
Checking a compressor’s lubricants is vital to make sure it’s operating well, as degraded fluids will negatively affect the air’s temperature and could stop it completely if the damage persists for an extended period of time.
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