Tips for Maintaining Your Compressed Air System

Compressed Air ProductsCompressed air systems are made of many moving parts, all of which have to run smoothly to ensure the system is functioning correctly and efficiently. Performing regular maintenance on your compressed air system is crucial as it will lead to cost savings, improved reliability and safety, decreased equipment downtime, and general peace of mind.

Why is Compressed Air System Maintenance Important

Even the best equipment breaks down over time. Repeated use of compressed air systems leads to dirty filters, low oil and lubricant levels, component wear and tear, and more, which can cause bigger issues. Conducting regular maintenance prevents these issues while offering many other advantages, including:

  • Cost Savings. Well-functioning equipment lasts longer, which prevents the need for frequent system replacements. Regular maintenance allows you to find and repair issues before they cause extensive damage, helping you avoid costly emergency repairs and maintain steady production. Deteriorated parts make your motor run at a higher amperage, so regularly replacing these components ensures operating efficiency with lower energy costs.
  • Reduce Risk and Improve Safety. Dirty filters contribute to overheating, which can lead to downtime, production loss, downstream contamination of product / process via poor air quality, and even fires. Regular filter changes prevent these issues while reducing risks and improving safety.
  • Enhanced Performance. Proper maintenance assures reliable and efficient performance.
  • Greater Peace of Mind. Taking care of your compressed air system gives you one less thing to worry about by decreasing the risk of system downtime and associated costs.

Top Tips for Compressed Air System Maintenance

Maintenance for your particular system will depend on the type you have. Your operator’s manual will have more information about your system’s specific needs, but some general tips include:

  • Air Filter. Check air filter weekly to remove any debris and dust. Filter could be changed as early as every 1,000 hours or as needed for the operating conditions.
  • Oil Filter. Oil filter could be changed as early as every 1,000 hours or as needed for the operating conditions.
  • It is important to check lubricant levels daily. How often you change your lubricant will depend on the type of lubricant used, operating conditions (e.g. ambient temps, duty cycle), but it should generally be changed every 4,000, to 8,000 hours or as needed.
  • Separator Element. This should be changed every time the lubricant is changed.
  • Motor Bearings. Motor bearing should be greased every 4,000 hours or as required, and per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Belts should be checked weekly for tension and wear. Replace belts and adjust tension as needed.
  • Intake Vents. Intake vents should be checked weekly and cleaned when necessary.

It is crucial to inspect your compressed air system regularly to ensure optimal performance. You should inspect the following components:

  • Temperatures
  • Voltage
  • Oil level
  • Belt tension and condition
  • Check coolers for accumulation of dirt and clean if necessary
  • Controller settings
  • Check for air and oil leaks
  • Overall cleanliness of compressed air unit
  • Pressures
  • Amps
  • Vibration
  • Check moisture drains to ensure functionality
  • Check for correct unloading, loading, and modulation
  • Check compressed air dryer to ensure it is working properly

AirMatic Compressor For Your Compressed Air System Maintenance Needs

Maintaining your compressed air system saves you time, money, and unnecessary stress. Since 1975, Airmatic Compressor Systems has helped its customers reduce operating costs and enhance productivity while providing exceptional service. Our highly trained staff will listen to your needs to create the optimal maintenance plan for your system.

We offer several warranty, maintenance, and repair plans so that you can stop worrying about your compressed air system and focus on driving your business forward. For more information, or to get started on your compressed air system maintenance solution, check out our service page or contact us today.