Air compressor maintenance includes two types of routines: Minor Preventative Maintenance, which are typically scheduled 1-3 times a year, and Major Preventative Maintenance, which are typically scheduled every 1-2 years depending on the compressor’s operating hours and environmental conditions.
The air compressor maintenance tasks that you need to perform on your air compressor include:
- Changing the air filter every 2,000 hours to remove particulate matter and other contaminants from the air before it travels into the inlet for pressurization.
- Changing the oil filter to remove dirt and grime, and taking an oil sample for analysis to detect any external or internal contamination.
- Evaluating the dryer to ensure it is operating correctly.
- Cleaning the cooler to prevent rising oil and air temperatures, which can cause shutdowns and potential damage downstream.
- Inspecting and tightening electrical connections to prevent shortages or shutdowns caused by loose wires due to the constant vibration of the compressor.
- Inspecting drains and inline filters to ensure proper drainage and airflow.
- Cleaning the condenser (if applicable) to ensure proper cooling of the air.
- Changing the cabinet mat (if applicable) to prevent overheating and restricted airflow.
- Checking controls for maintenance reminders and error alerts.
- Changing the oil/coolant according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Changing the air/oil separator to prevent clogging or collapse, which can result in oil carryover and pressure drop or even a fire.
- Greasing the motor on a regular basis.
- Testing all safety valves to ensure they are working properly to prevent over-pressurization.
- Examining hoses and piping to prevent loss of money and production.
In addition to these maintenance tasks, a technician will inspect your system and provide service recommendations to our service staff if any issues are detected.