Inspecting And Maintaining Air Compressor Systems

If you're using pneumatic tools with a rotary screw air compressor, you may have a volatile set of dangers in your general area that could quickly turn the system into a heap of scrap. From filter inspection to hose maintenance, there are a few areas that need your direct consideration before putting down any air conditioner. Take a look at a few inspection and maintenance points that could extend the life of your air compressor system if you keep a close eye on their condition.

Check Air Filter For Distress

The air filter is the first line of defense for your air compressor. The very air used to keep the system running can become a recipe for disaster if the filter isn't doing the job, leading to damaging debris and clogged compression failures as the inside system gets dirty.

Filter inspection may seem like a simple issue of cleaning and replacement, but you need to be aware of major damage. If you notice large tears, dents or breaks in the air filter, you need to look around the compressor and check the activities of yourself or anyone else using the filter.

Torn filter mesh or damaged borders may be indicative of sharp edges, accidental bumping or poor installation. Replacing the filter may result in the same problem happening again, which can be an expensive road to disaster if not caught early.

Be sure to instruct all users on proper installation, removal and cleaning of filters. It may seem simple, but some filter housing may have framework that can damage the filter if not installed property--a concern not always present on other air filter-utilizing devices.

Hose And Fitting Damage Points

If the air compressor is used for pneumatic tools or pumping up inflatables, make sure to inspect the fitting that connects the hose to the compressor as well as the hose itself.

When improperly stored, the hose's inner wall can break, leaking air into the open. People who fold the hoses tightly may unknowingly create creases that can crack, especially in hot or cold weather extremes.

The fitting can be damaged if dropped too often—an issue that exists in many mechanic shops or anywhere that trains new technicians. Instruct new users on proper resting and storage techniques as well as how to find cracks in brass, steel or other fitting types. Try to avoid plastic fittings unless rated for high pressure compressors.

Contact a professional with rotary screw air compressors to get maintenance information for specific compressor models or a company such as Kruge-Air Inc.