An air compressor is an integral piece of equipment, and if you use one in your work (or perhaps for your hobby), then it is likely that you are using it a lot.
Air compressors can take a lot of wear and tear, especially the high-quality ones, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be cared for and maintained.
To prolong the life of your air compressor, here are some tips of exactly how to care for it.
Change The Oil
Just like with any other piece of machinery, the oil that it uses may need to be changed from time to time to ensure that it is working at its best.
This job can be tricky, but it is also essential, so take the time to read your air compressor’s instruction manual so that you know just how to change the oil without causing any damage to the machine. If you have any doubt, it is best to call in a specialist who can do this job for you.
If you fancy doing a DIY job, here is a helpful video to show you step-by-step how to change the oil.
With fresh oil changed once a year (or more frequently if required), your air compressor should be able to last for a long time to come.
Clean The Filter
Every air compressor will have a filter in it which stops particles from being sucked through and damaging the machinery or causing problems on the outside of the unit.
Because these filters will be collecting all kinds of particles and debris, it is essential that they are cleaned on a regular basis. Make it part of your monthly maintenance routine to ensure that they are always fresh and able to work as they should.
When the filter becomes old and is no longer working even when cleaned, you can easily replace them rather than having to buy a new air compressor. It’s a good idea to have spare parts for air compressors in your shed or store so that you don’t have to suffer any downtime when something does need replacing.
Check The Compressor Belt
One of the main components of the air compressor is the compressor belt itself. Without this, you can’t use your piece of equipment, and this will cost you time and money, no matter whether you are using it for professional reasons or for a pastime.
Take a look at the belt (you may need to remove some protective plastic parts in order to see it properly) to check whether it is in good condition.
If there are any tears or rips, or if anything seems to be fraying, you will need to replace the belt. This is another spare part that is useful to keep in storage until you need it.
If the belt is simply out of alignment, you probably don’t need to replace it, but you will need to reset it.
To keep your air compressor working well, these maintenance checks should be carried out on a regular basis, and that’s the same for any crucial tools and pieces of machinery. Create a checklist so that you know what has been checked when, and you can more easily keep on top of your maintenance duties.
Ensuring your air compressor is working well and regularly maintained is essential if you want to prolong the life of it.
This goes for all the tools you find in your shed or garage. Ideally you need to have a regular maintenance routine.
All of your garden and power tools need to be taken care of, especially if you are putting them away for winter storage.