How To Change The Air Filter On Your Air Compressor 

Changing the air filter on your compressor is one of the most important things you can do to keep your machine running at peak performance. Your air filter is designed to remove water, oil and other particles that can be detrimental to your equipment’s operation. These can include aerosols, paint fluid and other liquids, as well as lubricant oils. Without a clean filter, your compressor system will have to work harder than it should to produce the desired airflow, which results in excess wear on the compressor and high energy usage. Changing your filters regularly can save you both time and money on repairs, as well as energy costs. 

Step 1: Remove The Filter 

A clogged air filter is one of the most common reasons why air compressors fail. The filter in your air compressor consists of three parts: the inlet, the filter cap, and the air path. The inlet allows air to enter the filter, the cap directs the air through the filter and the air path spins like a cyclone to collect contaminants as it goes through. Replacing your air filters at regular intervals will keep your machine running efficiently and prevent costly shutdowns caused by a damaged filtration system. 

Step 2: Clean The Filter 

A dirty filter can cause your compressor to work harder and run hotter than it should, reducing its lifespan. Replacement frequency varies by automaker and driving conditions, but it’s generally recommended that you replace the filter every 15,000 miles or so. It’s especially critical if you frequently drive in dusty or dirty areas. 

Step 3: Install The New Filter 

Your owner’s manual will always be there to tell you what replacement interval your vehicle should use. But it is important to note that whether or not your filter needs to be changed should really depend on how you drive, and your specific environment. If you do a lot of dusty driving, or if you live in an area with heavy traffic and diesel trucks, you may need to change your filter more frequently. 

Step 4: Check The Pressure 

If you’re noticing a change in your compressor’s performance, it’s important to get it checked by a professional. Wenniger Compressor Co. can identify and resolve issues before they become serious. Their air compressor repair shop’s technicians are willing to go wherever needed to get to your machine up and running again. 


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