Tips for Maintaining Your Air Compressor

An air compressor is an extremely useful and versatile tool. When you decide to purchase one, it’s important you also prioritize ongoing maintenance, so you can preserve your investment long into the future.

An air compressor is like any other power tool in that it requires at least some degree of regular maintenance. This allows you to get reliable operation out of it for years.

Here are a few maintenance tips for air compressors to help you keep your air compressor in great shape:

  • Follow the instructions: First and foremost, you should actually read the instruction manual that comes with the machine. Even if you’re already well versed in how to use an air compressor, every model is different with regard to its maintenance requirements, so you should pay some close attention to that section to better understand everything you need to do to properly conduct your maintenance.
  • Keep out moisture: This is especially important for people who live in or store their compressors in humid environments. Humid air will result in the compressor tank being more likely to collect moisture. Air compressors have draining valves, so drain them regularly and release air first before draining the water.
  • Clean intake vents: You should regularly check your intake vents on the compressor to make sure they are clean. It is possible that over time they will take in dirt and dust, which will cause the compressor to overheat or work harder than it needs to. If you keep your air compressor in a dusty environment, it’s especially important to check those vents before using it.
  • Tighten fasteners: Over time, some of the vibrations that occur with regular use of the air compressor will cause your screws, nuts and bolts to loosen up. This makes it important to check these parts of the air compressor and fasten them to ensure the compressor is working properly.
  • Change filters: Regularly check your air filters, and change them as necessary. Over time, a buildup of dust and debris within these filters can cause the system to take on some residue, which forces the air compressor to work harder than it should and potentially worsens its power output. Change filters if you see a heavy buildup that would make it difficult to operate the system efficiently.
  • Check oil: Compressor oil plays a pivotal role in the operation of your air compressor. It lubricates and cools the system to prevent it from overheating and keeps certain parts from developing unnecessary wear and tear. Your equipment’s instruction manual should include information about checking the oil and how frequently you should expect to change it. It will also identify the specific type of oil you need to use.

Interested in learning more about tips for maintaining your air compressor and the steps you need to take to keep your air compressor in good condition for years to come? Contact our team at Wenniger Compressor Co., and we will be happy to provide you with further instructions for your specific equipment.

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