What Is An Air Compressor?
An air compressor is equipment that can convert electrical energy to kinetic energy in form of compressed air. It can also be defined as a machine that can compress air to a high pressure. They are commonly used in the industries i.e. for industrial purposes. They are usually classified based on their pressure output and their design/operational principle. We have low-pressure ones (with pressure output of 150 psi or less), medium-pressure (with pressure output of 151 psi to 1,000 psi), and high-pressure devices (with a pressure output of 1,000 psi and above). If we classify or name them according to their design and mode of operation we have rotary screw compressor and turbo compressors.
Air compressors are very important devices in our industries as well as our day-to-day lives at home. In order to always get the best output from them, proper maintenance is necessary. Read on to find out some useful tips that we can observe and follow when maintaining our machine.
5 Tips To Maintain An Air Compressor
- Read the User’s Manual. When you take a look at the user’s manual of an air compressor (if any) you will see exactly how it works. You will also note the different parts that need cleaning and which parts you need to avoid touching or managing if you don’t want to void warranties. Read the user’s manual, therefore, as this will make it easier to clean and maintain your compressor.
- Clean the Intake Vents regularly. Intake vents are the parts of your machine that suck the air from the surroundings to eventually push it outside with force. But this air that is sucked into the machine could have dust and other types of molecules which stick to the valves and eventually make the compressor work deficiently. Check this part of the air compressor regularly and half of the maintenance will be done already.
- Change the Filters. Alongside the intake vents, the filters are also an important part of your compressor. The filters work directly as garbage cans. These maintain all the dirt and dust that is sucked into the compressor so when the air goes out, all this dirt stays on the filter. So, as you see, the more you use it the dirtier the filters will get and the more important it will be to change them in order to prevent the machine from working forcibly. Change these filters at least every 3 to 6 months.
- Drain the Moisture from the Tanks. As a machine that compresses air, it is normal for moisture to be created inside it, especially in the tank where all the air is compressed. And moisture can be harmful to your device, sometimes making it work incorrectly as all the moisture could start getting pushed out of the compressor alongside dirt and other types of molecules. For this reason, we recommend using the release valve almost all devices have on their tanks; this will help release any type of moisture and external agent inside it.
- Change the Oil & Fuel Tank Periodically. This machine is basically a motor that takes air at one side and pushes it with force on the other. And as a motor, it needs to use oil and fuel to work properly. This means that you will have to change both of these periodically, making sure it has enough oil and the fuel tank is clean. Make sure every 6 months to 1 year, you change the oil and clean the fuel tank. This adds more useful life to the air compressor and makes the machine work more efficiently.