Industrial air compressors must be able to withstand a significant amount of wear and tear. Whether you rely on such equipment to spray crops or operate pneumatic machinery, you undoubtedly run it through the wringer. While even the best compressors won’t last forever, you can extend the longevity of yours—and ensure optimal functionality—by following these tips.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Industrial Air Compressor
1. Address the Air Filter
An adequate air filter ensures that the compressor produces only clean, fresh air. These devices collect dust, dirt, and other impurities from the ambient air before it’s compressed. As such, they can get clogged over time. Failing to clean or replace the air filter once it gets dirty will force the machine to work much harder than necessary, thereby speeding up its overall wear and tear.
2. Replace the Oil Filter
Industrial compressors rely on oil to lubricate their bearings and gears. Should the oil contain any impurities, though, these components will eventually be compromised. Much like air filters, oil filters trap problematic particles so that they can’t infiltrate the system. As a general rule, these filters should be checked weekly and changed when they appear coated in residue, which is typically after 4,000 to 8,000 hours of use.
3. Change the Air/Fluid Separator
In addition to lubricating critical components, the oil absorbs the heat that’s produced during compression. To keep this oil from spraying alongside the air, compressors have air/fluid separators. Located inside the oil separator vessel, these devices should be replaced periodically. Otherwise, the application will eventually include oil, which can destroy any number of projects, from wood to plastic products.
When it comes time to replace critical components of your air compressor, turn to Industrial Compressor Supplies. Operating out of Maryland Heights, MO, this retailer has been serving residential, commercial, and industrial clients for 25 years. In addition to shipping their parts and accessories nationwide, their service technicians are available 24/7 for clients throughout the St. Louis area. To order supplies, visit their website or call (877) 426-3131.
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