Common Compressor Questions – Answered

We get questions from clients and customers all the time. Fortunately, our experts have the knowledge to answer all of these questions. Here are some of the questions we get most frequently.

Q. How much maintenance does my air compressor require?

A. Like any mechanical equipment, a certain amount of maintenance is necessary to keep the gear and your facility working properly. On oil-lubricated systems, users should check their oil and change the oil filter according to the manufacturers specifications. You can find those specs in the users’ manual. Read that, while you’re at it.

Clean and replace the air filter regularly- it must be kept clean and dust-free to prevent gunk from entering the compression chamber (this can cost you a lot of money.

Drain moisture from your condensate tank regularly (ideally every day).

Q. Why is water such a big problem?

A. Water in your compressor system is a major problem. Remember that warm air holds more water than cold air so if you can control the temperature of the air the compressor is bringing in, that will help keep the amount of water that shows up in your compressor at a minimum.
Water can cause your compressor can dilute or wash away oil and other lubricants, clog your instruments and shorten your tool lifespan. Inside the system itself water causes rust, it can affect the way your system runs, and can mix with oils and dirt and that miss can get introduced into your system and we don’t have to tell you how bad- and expensive- that can be.

Check your drains regularly, and maybe most importantly, listen to your compressor. You’ll know after just a few days what a well-maintained system sounds like, and if you hear something that doesn’t sound quite right- call us immediately.

Our experts and highly-trained technicians can get you through any problems you may be having.

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