Decision Time: Aftermarket vs. OEM Parts

aftermarketParts are parts, right? Not exactly. There are things you need to know about aftermarket parts vs. Original Equipment Manufacturer parts.

Number one, quality. The parts Ingersoll Rand uses on their air compressors are specifically built and engineered for their units. They’re built to work at maximum efficiency and protection for the unit. You know compressors are expensive and are likely a key part of your operation. You want to take care of it.

Aftermarket parts are less expensive than OEM parts, but you have a choice to make. Spend less money up front for less-expensive parts, but you will pay a price in efficiency and increased odds of a major malfunction and a disruption in service. That will cost you more in the long run.

Aftermarket parts are engineered to be inexpensive. The logic is that if aftermarket parts were engineered like OEM parts they would be just as expensive. So, why wouldn’t you go with the parts that you know are engineered specifically for the unit you have?

Then there’s the warranty issue.  OEM parts are included in the compressor’s manufacturer’s warranty, and we don’t have to tell you how valuable that is.

Aftermarket warranties cover the part only. So, say you purchase a $20 aftermarket oil filter for your $3,000 compressor and it destroys the unit, the warranty will only cover the filter and you may have voided the warranty on your compressor.  But you will get your $20 back so you have that going for you.

We haven’t even mentioned refurbished or reconditioned parts. Be very careful with these. There’s just no way to know what you are getting and you increase your odds of paying more in the long run.

The bottom line is this, your air compressor is a vital part of your operation and you want to take care of it, keep it running efficiently and economically and ensure it stays that way for a long time.

When you’re deciding between aftermarket parts vs. Original Equipment Manufacturer parts, take all of these things into consideration and call us if you have any questions.

About Bill Usinger

Bill Usinger

Bill, the Parts Manager at Air Components for over 17 years, has extensive knowledge of air compressors and their accessories. He is happy to answer any questions about what parts you may need for repair or maintenance. Contact Bill at with any compressed air parts inquiry.