Air Compressor Pressure Fluctuation

fluctuatingIn most cases, air compressors hum along without a worry.  Sometimes, air pressure in your unit can fluctuate and if that happens there can be a number of causes.

The most common cause of pressure fluctuation is a leak somewhere in the system- but other things can contribute to pressure variations as well.

Ask yourself if something has changed in your workflow.  Have you added additional machinery that requires compressed air? Doing something that requires a large amount of air at one time? Maybe your use requires a larger storage tank, or your compressor is not sized correctly for your facility.

Check the controls as well, your settings may need adjusting.

Worst-case scenario, your compressor is just not operating properly.

The good news is we have a solution for all these potential problems.

The key to all this is to know what your compressed air usage is on a normal day, so when something does go astray you can identify it immediately with your daily welfare check.

Identify when you might have a large demand in your production process and do the math when you’re about to add a new piece of equipment or change your workflow to ensure your pressure stays consistent.

If it’s as simple as a leak you track it down, fix it, and move on with your day. If it’s hard to identify, call us and our trained technicians (who are like bloodhounds when it comes to leaks) and they’ll be happy to take a look.

The worst-case scenario when it comes to fluctuating pressure is your current compressor can no longer manage the workload you’re asking it to achieve- so you either need a larger unit, or more compressors.

As always, if you identify a problem with your pressure you can contact us and we’ll send out a technician.  We can also help with studies, on-site supply and demand audits and leak studies.  Give us a ring, and we’ll make sure your facility is operating at full capacity.

About Brad Bost

Brad Bost

Brad Bost has several years experience in the Compressor industry with Air Components. To expand his knowledge and help his customers even more, Brad has been through rotary and parts training with Ingersoll Rand. As an account manager, he makes sure customers compressed air system works as efficiently as possible through understanding utilization of their compressed air and conducting audits.If you have more questions or would like to work with Brad, you can reach him at