Below are some simple steps to keep your air compressor operating at peak efficiency:
- Intake Vents: If your intake vent is dirty or clogged, it will force your air compressor to work harder. Regularly check and clean your vents, especially if you’re in a dusty environment.
- Belts: Inspect them for excessive wear and damage, replacing them as needed. Also be sure to check the tension, ensuring the belt can travel freely.
- Air filters: Exceptionally dirty or blocked air filters allow dirt from outside in, requiring your compressor to work harder to intake air. Check your filters often and change them if they have a buildup of dust and dirt.
- Oil: Consult the manufacturer’s guide to make sure you are using the proper oil. Some manufacturers recommend non-detergent oil or synthetic oil. Check the oil level on a daily basis to make sure it isn’t running low. Finally, change out the oil every 500-1,000 hours to keep your compressor functioning properly.
- Separator: If you allow water to accumulate, it will eventually get pulled back into the system. Check and empty your separator regularly, and replace the element every 2,000 hours of operation.
- Heat Exchangers: Dirty heat exchangers won’t function at their max potential. Cleaning them regularly will make it easier for them to keep temps down.