While systems that use air compressors can function well in any environment, the warmer temperatures and humid air of summer often place additional strain on them. To prevent operational issues and excessive wear and tear, it's important to be proactive and take steps to maintain your system and its air compressor throughout the summer. The following are a few tips to help in this process.
How to Maintain a Compressed Air System in the Summer
1. Clear the Filters
Compressed air systems contain both air and oil filters, which catch dirt, particles, and tiny bits of debris and allow the system to work more efficiently. Neglecting to clean the filters will cause drops in pressure that place excess stress on the system, forcing it to work harder to accomplish basic tasks. This leads to higher utility costs and unnecessary wear on the system. Aim to clean air and oil filters monthly. The filter locations and cleaning recommendations vary among different compressed air systems, so consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.
2. Test the Drains
During the warmer months, condensation will naturally increase inside an air compressor, and this added moisture can trigger performance issues and corrosion. The drains are crucial for giving condensate an exit route. Check that all drains are clear and free of clogs and that water can pass through with no issue. If you notice a clog, contact a professional to pump the drains and remedy the problem.
3. Clean the Coolers
Dirty or blocked coolers can easily make an air compressor overheat, and on hot days, the overheating risk further increases. The coolers ensure that the system maintains a steady internal temperature, even during the height of summer. Refer to the owner's manual for the exact location of the coolers and use a clean and dry air jet to remove any dirt buildup on the fins.
When you need replacement parts for your compressed air system, trust the professionals at Industrial Compressor Supplies. They have more than 25 years' experience serving the St. Louis, MO, region. They offer a wide variety of air compressor supplies, including coolers, lubricants, hoses, and gauges. They also provide air compressor rentals for jobs large and small. Call (877) 426-3131 or visit them online to place an order.
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