If Air Compressors could talk, what would they would say….
Would it be;
We receive calls from customers replacing their air compressor that is 20-30 years old, in some cases their father purchased the compressor when they first started the business and it finally failed or needs parts that are obsolete. So they’re ready to purchase a new machine. When we hear these stories, we know the owners maintained the compressor and changed the oil and filters on a regular basis.
Get in a routine and inspect the air compressor daily and take notes. Keep a maintenance log in the compressor room and log the following;
- Ambient Temperature
- Discharge Air Temperature (Rotary)
- Oil Level
- Oil Temperature
Note any oil leaks and fix them as soon as possible.
Measuring the discharge air temperature can eliminate future issues such as dirty coolers, varnished coolers and piping, low oil level and worst case would be a failing bearing.
We also hear a fair amount of stories where compressors only lasting a few years. In these cases, we see many piston air compressors and rotary screw compressors misapplied and/or companies importing compressors not designed for 60 hertz or the American market and they fail prematurely.
Take care of your asset, your air compressor keeps your business running. It’s worth investing a small amount of time and money for a compressor that could last a lifetime.