It's no secret that air compressor systems are expensive. Unfortunately, their repairs can be just as, if not more, expensive as buying a new one. A single compressed air system leak can cost more than $1,200 per year, even on something as small as a 1/8 inch diameter hole. So, to avoid these problems and any problems with air fittings, you should make a point to perform regular maintenance.
But what kind of maintenance should you do on your compressed air distribution systems? Where do you even start with it? To help you get an idea of what kind of maintenance you should do, here are some tips:
Change Air Filters and Fittings As Needed
Your system's filthy air filters can only hurt the air compressor by allowing dirt in and making it work harder to actually move air. The same can be said for air fittings. A leaking fitting makes it necessary for your system to work harder in order to keep the air pressure stable. You should check these fittings regularly and change them out if you notice anything abnormal. As far as best practices go, changing these fittings out every six months is a good way to go.
Check The Hoses Regularly
Check all of your hoses often. They're the life and blood of your air compressor, like the veins of a heart. If they become cracked or corroded, they'll begin to leak, which is no good. Not only will it put a strain on the rest of your components, it will likely damage your main system as well. Check and replace them often to avoid cracked or damaged hoses.
Drain The Tank's Moisture
The receiver tank collects moisture for the air that it compresses and can fill up faster than you think, especially if you live in a humid climate. Most tanks have a valve or a drain of some kind for this moisture, allowing you to make sure it doesn't build up. You should drain it regularly before it gets too high. You should release the air pressure from the tanks before this though, to avoid any accidents.
These three things are tasks that should be done regularly to ensure that your air compressor system can keep chugging along without issues for years to come. You don't want to experience a large repair bill if you can avoid it, and this will certainly help.
If you have any questions about air compressor system repairs and maintenance, contact us. We'll be glad to help.