Prolong the Air Compressor With These Tips

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For most people who bought their air compressors, it is a common scenario to ask how many years will this piece of equipment last? If you intend to use the air compressor for business, you have to understand that it may experience more wear and tear than the air compressor used for random projects at home. One of the most crucial things that you can always do is to make sure that you have come up with a plan on how to maintain the air compressor. This will give you more years on your equipment.

Oil change

One of the things that most people forget is the oil change in their air compressors. As rule of thumb in the industry, 500-1000 hours should be the basis when to change oil. This guarantees that the air compressor is functioning well.

Clean the fuel tank

Another thing you can do is to clean the fuel tank. Once every year, clean the air compressor in order to avoid any trouble of residues building up in your air compressor that could lead to problems in the engine.

Check the gasket

There is a chance that damage can already be seen on the gasket of your air compressor. This can be a tricky situation for so many instances because instead of releasing the air into the hose, it reverts back to the tank mainly due to the damaged gasket.

Check the hose for leaks

Aside from the gasket, another part of the air compressor that should be checked is the hose. The hose can be the reason why the air compressor is not performing well. If it is cracked or if it is already corroded, the hose should be replaced.

Changing the filter

One of the simplest things that you can do that can change the overall performance of the air compressor is the regular changing of filters. Heavy build up of dirt can be fast or slow depending on where you are using the air compressor, or how frequently you use the equipment.

Shutdown system

Shutdown system is an important factor that you need to ensure. This function ultimately prevents the air compressor to overheat. Could you imagine if you are using the air compressor to power multiple number of tools and it doesn’t have the right shutdown system? This could ultimately lead to faster wear and tear.

A lot of problems could occur on your air compressor. From the motor to the electrical issues, these are some things that could lead to bigger problems. If you are going to purchase an air compressor for business or for your home, you have to ensure that you are looking closely at its overall performance, and its maintenance. But of course, there will come a time when you need to replace some parts, or even the entire unit. During these scenarios, you should never hesitate since it is these things can be a good move. Keep in mind that maintenance can only be useful up to some point whenever you take into consideration the wear and tear factors.

Lindsey Gillingham

Lindsey Gillingham

A local Austin, TX kinetic artist, Lindsey uses her compact air compressor to power everything from her spray guns and brushes, to a vast assortment of pneumatic tools that she uses to create her outdoor wind art. Able to give us tips on everything from the best pneumatic tools to use for cutting metal to care and cleaning of paint sprayers, we look forward to reading her insight articles. When Lindsey isn't working on her art, you can often find her scouring the local scrap yards looking for more materials to work with.
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