Air compressors are a vital component of operations in most industrial applications. They power pneumatic tools, inflate tires, clean surfaces, and more.
Preventive maintenance is a key to minimising breakdown-induced downtime and costs. It’s a good idea to contract professionals for more complex repairs, but many basic compressor repair checks can be performed by operators on a regular basis.
Air compressors that don’t meet three primary requirements of power, pressure maintenance and airflow control are not going to work at their best. This translates into more downtime, wasted energy costs, shortened service intervals and potentially even equipment failure.
Air leaks, faulty piping and improper lubrication are all common culprits for poor operational performance. An experienced technician can quickly pinpoint the issue and make small adjustments that will save you money in energy expenses over time.
Insufficient End-Use Pressure
If your facility’s compressed air system isn’t properly maintained, it can waste energy. Unrepaired leaks, oversized piping and over-pressurized use (known as artificial demand) add up to significant costs and reduce production efficiency.
For instance, a leak under the compressor hood might cause the pressure gauge to drop, possibly triggering the motor to trip off and shut down the unit. Using soapy water, you can easily test for leaks by applying the liquid to all connections with the compressor unplugged. If bubbles form where the couplers meet, the couplers will need to be tightened.
Noise or Knocking
Air compressors aren’t exactly known for being whisper quiet but if noise levels start getting out of hand it can be a warning that there is a problem with the equipment. Loud noises often mean a compressor is in need of repairs, which can result in costly production downtime and lost revenue.
Performing air compressor maintenance regularly ensures that potential issues can be caught and addressed early on. This will help the equipment last longer, improve energy efficiency and reduce overall costs.
High Energy Consumption
If you run a mission-critical business that could suffer from the loss of compressed air, then keeping your compressor running is paramount. That means preventing unexpected issues that lead to a shutdown.
Proactive maintenance can prevent a host of costly issues, including the cost of labour for overtime pay when operations grind to a halt while staff try to diagnose and make repairs.
It also reduces energy costs. A poorly maintained air compressor system will consume more energy to function and will often operate less efficiently, raising your electricity bills.
Poor Air Quality
An air compressor that is blowing fuses or breakers, having trouble starting or stopping, or making loud noises may need repair. Even with the best preventive maintenance program, these problems can still occur.
Air quality is another important factor to consider. Moisture within a compressed air system can damage the piping system, sap efficiency, and increase equipment wear and tear.