How to prepare air compressors for the new season
The words “Winter is coming” may get Game of Thrones fans excited, but it should set off alarms in your head if you rely on an industrial air compressor to keep your business up and running.
We talk a lot in this blog about moisture and your air compressor, and the damage it can cause. The good news here is that cold air is dryer and moisture is less of an issue but you still have to be aware of potentially wet conditions.
Prepare to perform these steps as the mercury drops:
INSPECT: Check your system drains for obstructions, and check and clean filters, dryers and your hoses. Make sure air is moving through your entire facility. Check for leaks and fix them now.
CHECK: Tanks can collect moisture which can freeze if the temperature gets cold enough. Start inspecting your tank every week or so for condensation and drain anything you find immediately. If you discover water in every inspection of your tank, that could be in indicator something else is wrong in your system and you should give our technicians a call.
CLEAN: Check your seals and joints on your cylinders and valves. Dirt and other contaminants can mix with moisture in your system and cause corrosion and diminish oils and other lubricants. Dirty water can stiffen and crack rubber diaphragms and cause cylinders to stick.
REGULATE: Oil temperature. Keep an eye on it. Icy oil can cause a compressor to freeze up and stop working and we don’t have to tell you what that could do to your productivity. Maintain your oil in a range that is neither hot, nor cold. Check your owner’s manual for the ideal oil temperature.
Before the temps get too cold, give our technicians a call at (866) 413-8077 and we’ll get you ready for Winter’s bite.
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