Extend the Life of Your Oil-Free Air Compressor
Regular inspections and maintenance of oil-free air compressors will help to ensure that they remain in perfect working order for as long as possible, eliminating the need to buy a new one in a short period of time. Of course choosing the correct compressor for the job is important: This ensures that a unit is not over-worked or underpowered for the intended use.
Getting this decision right is vital and may require advice and assistance from a reputable source. But you can do a lot to ensure an extended lifespan of your existing unit with a few simple checks on a weekly basis.
Five Tips to Oil-Free Air Compressor Maintenance
1. Carry out regular Inspections of the Power Lead
Paying particular attention to the cable to see if it has become damaged due to wear and tear over time. If you see any damage, or even some fraying or something else you’re not sure about, don’t attempt to use the compressor. Switch it off immediately and call an electrician straight away.
2. Drain Your Compressor’s Air Receiver Weekly
Drain the tank weekly or as per the instructions because moisture is squeezed from the compressed air and will fill the tank and reduce the amount of air stored. Failure to do this will rot the tank and contaminate the air supplied and eventually the compressor will be damaged and stop working.
3. Check the Pressure is Not Too High
When the pump is running, check that the pressure is not too high, as this could also damage the compressor. See the instructions for the rating maximum: this will vary from model to model.
4. Observe the Compressors’ Behaviour
Ensure that the pressure switch is stopping and starting the compressor at the right pressure, and you should only rely on the lower pressure as the maximum. Remember that irregular behaviour can signify a fault. If you observe the oil-free air compressor displaying unusual characteristics then shut it down, unplug from the mains and check it or call a maintenance engineer.
5. Check Regularly for Leaks
Inspect the area around the compressor to make sure it’s not leaking, either when idle or running at the maximum pressure. If there are leaks, seek assistance immediately.
Laboratory Precision Ltd’s Range of Oil-Free Air Compressors
If your compressor is old or out of warranty, and any repairs or maintenance might not be worth the cost, contact Laboratory Precision Limited for a new one.
We have a range of top models, including: