Air compressors are not only valuable for commercial construction projects; they are useful for many home tasks as well. By following these helpful maintenance tips, you can maximize the value of your investment.
1. Begin by reading the manual. Reading the manual when you first receive your new air compressor will allow you to get the most out of your machine. The manual will also tell you about the compressor’s warranty; if you don’t follow the rules, you might accidentally void it.
2. Tighten all fasteners. The more you use your air compressor, the looser the nuts and bolts will become. Hand test and tighten with a wrench any fixtures that come loose.
3. Clean the intake vents. The dust in the air around you (especially if you are working with woodworking tools like a rotary sander) can clog the intake valve, causing your compressor to work harder than it should. Check it and clean it out regularly to extend the product’s life.
4. Check the hoses regularly. When you see creasing and wear, you should proactively replace your hoses. A leaky hose will reduce your compressor’s effectiveness and put a strain on the machine. Many air compressor parts can be purchased online.
5. Change air compressor filter as necessary. A dirty air compressor filter will force your compressor to work harder to take in air and may allow dirt into the mechanism. Watch for a build up of dust; even if you use your compressor infrequently, you will want to change the filter every six months.
6. Drain moisture from the tanks. As the machine compresses the air, it collects moisture, especially if you live in a humid climate. You may release the air from the tank using the valve provided and, drain the moisture once in a while.
7. Clean the fuel tank. If your compressor is gas powered, drain and wet dry vacuum out the fuel tank at least once a year to remove residual build up. You may have to change the filter to remove any remaining bits of debris.
8. Check the safety shut-off system. Most compressors have a safety mechanism that will shut down the machine in case it gets too hot or the engine pressure is too low. Look in your manual to find out how to make sure your safety system is in good operating condition.
9. Change the compressor oil periodically. If your compressor uses oil, you should top it off before you use it. After every 500 – 1000 hours of use, you will want to change your compressor oil.
10. Replace the air oil separator. In an oil lubricated air compressor, oil is sprayed into the interior along with the air. The mixture passes through the air-oil separator before you use it. Air compressor parts should be replaced after 500 – 1000 hours of use.
By proactively maintaining your air compressor, you can greatly extend the life of your machine and the value of your investment.
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