An industrial air compressor is a significant investment, and taking care of air compressor can be a daunting task without proper guidance or prior experience. Fortunately, expert advice can help you ensure years of reliable service from your investment. This guide offers five tips that you can use to get the best out of your air industrial compressor.

1. Follow the Manual 

Read and understand your air compressor's manual before you install or run it because the manual is going to have simple tips, guidelines and warnings that will help you enjoy a smoother experience running the compressor. Always work with an expert during installation and ask them to explain the user's guide.

There is a chance you could void your warranty if you ignore the manufacturer's instructions and there are resulting damages. That should be enough of an incentive to read and strictly adhere to the user's manual.

2. Conduct Regular Maintenance

Air compressors contain several moving parts and components that require regular inspection and maintenance. Because vibration causes loose bolts and nuts, dust can accumulate in the vents and damage your compressor and residual buildup in the fuel tank can kill the engine, you should inspect all the fasteners on your compressor as often as you can.

This inspection is an easy job that costs you nothing, but it could save you a lot of trouble. If needed, you can call a technician to tighten loose parts, clean up vents and fuel tanks and replace damaged parts.

Regular maintenance also ensures machine safety and saves you money on big problems that can build up from smaller issues. Work only with a professional when servicing your air compressors.

3. Check Your Control Systems

Your air compressor has an inbuilt control system that enables it to shut down automatically if an extreme situation arises. These situations include when the engine oil pressure is too low or if it gets too hot. Conducting safety and control checks will ensure your air compressor is self-protected and shuts down before any issue escalates into a major problem.  

4. Lubricate Your System

An air compressor operates at extreme pressure levels, and therefore, maintaining sufficient levels of lubrication is critical. Lubrication controls the temperatures of your system by minimizing the need for repairs. It also cuts the cost of running the air compressor and increases efficiency. Most importantly, lubrication reduces friction to minimize wear and tear, consequently increasing the air compressor's life span.

Work with an experienced technician to understand what lubricant serves your type of air compressor and how much to put in. Variables such as the heat, grease type, size and type of the bearings, hours of operation and the revolutions per minute (RPM) of your motor will determine how much lubrication an air compressor requires.

5. Keep the Air Compressor Clean

Clean your air compressor often to minimize dust accumulation. Check and clean the engine tank of any debris which could block fuel flow. In addition, dirty heat exchangers will not reduce your compressor's operating temperatures which can lead to overheating and minimize its life span. When you keep your air compressor clean, it is easier to notice oil, grease or fuel leaks.

Compressed air systems can be complicated and fragile. By working with an expert when buying, installing, servicing or running an industrial air compressor, and using these tips, you can minimize risks of damage and have it serve you longer.

Contact the highly trained experts at Compressed Air Systems for advice and professional services if you are in the Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom Counties, and the Greater Seattle Metro and Eastside areas.