Preventative maintenance of air compressors at regular intervals will optimise efficiency and reliability of the equipment.
Basic maintenance tasks and checks should be performed by customers on compressed air equipment in between minor and major services to further improve the integrity of the system.
When assessing the importance of preventive maintenance for an air compressor system, the first factor should always be total cost. Costs can increase when maintenance related efficiency is poor. For example blocked air intake filters, system pressure drop, air leaks, poor ventilation or elevated operating temperatures can lead to thousands of dollars in increased costs per year.
Key recommendations for monitoring and improving the efficiency of air compressors between services include weekly inspection and cleaning of air intake filters to prevent pressure drops; weekly checking of oil levels; weekly inspection of inlet filter mats and replacement if required to maintain adequate cooling air; checking piping and joints for air leaks; regular cleaning of compressors from the exterior of the unit to keep the air filter clean and improve ventilation; and weekly inspection of drive belts for wear and tension, and replacement if necessary.
Daryl Edwards, National Service Manager, Southern Cross Compressors sums it up by commenting that one should have a specialist compressor technician perform scheduled servicing at recommended intervals to get maximum efficiency and reliability from their air compressor.
Southern Cross Compressors Australia Pty Ltd offers a complete range of flexible service solutions for compressed air equipment.