What Should You Do To Maintain Your New Air Compressor?

If you've recently purchased your first heavy-duty air compressor, you may be excited at the prospect of effortlessly pumping up your truck tires or utilizing air tools to perform various auto repairs. Because your air compressor is so often used to help maintain other pieces of mechanical equipment, you may find that you overlook its own maintenance. What should you be doing on a regular basis to keep your compressor in good shape for years to come? Read on to learn more about the things you can do on a regular basis to help maintain your air compressor, as well as some situations in which you may need to have it professionally serviced. 

What steps should you take to keep your air compressor in good condition?

By performing a few quick tasks each time you use your air compressor, you'll be able to prevent potential problems. First, you'll want to check the compressor pump's oil level before turning the power on to ensure the pump is properly lubricated. Operating the pump without enough oil can cause damage to the internal components and require pump replacement. To check the oil level, just make sure the pump is situated on a flat surface and unscrew the fill cap, visually inspecting the level of the oil inside. If the oil appears to contain dirt, sawdust, or other debris, drain the oil and flush the system with an oil-based cleaner to help prevent this debris from being flowed through your compressor pump.

You'll also want to check the air filter before turning your pump on, as operating your pump can cause it to heat up and make it difficult or dangerous to check for potential blockages until the unit cools. To check your air compressor's filter, you'll just need to turn the unit to remove the filter from its base, then lift the filter to check it for visible soil. Often, you'll be able to remove the majority of dust or dirt affixed to the filter simply by shaking it or tapping it gently against a hard surface, which will help extend its lifespan.

The rest of the maintenance your air compressor will require doesn't need to be performed on a frequent basis unless you use your air compressor for work or a side business that tends to put it through its paces on a daily basis. It's a good idea to periodically inspect the bolts and fasteners that hold your air compressor together to ensure none have worked their way loose due to the vibration of the pump motor, as well as checking any belts or hoses for signs of holes or dry rot. By identifying these issues early, you'll be able to correct them and avoid placing any additional strain on the hardest-working parts of your air compressor.

When should you have your air compressor professionally serviced? 

If you've taken the above steps, you're unlikely to run into any major issues with the mechanics of your compressor. However, you may still want to invest in an occasional servicing appointment during which a professional (experienced in servicing the make and model of your air compressor) can strip it down, thoroughly clean it, and replace any worn or damaged parts. This service shouldn't need to be undertaken more than once every 200 hours of use, or around once per year.

It may also be worth seeking professional assistance if your air compressor begins making any odd noises, smells, or vibrations. While some variance in the output of your air compressor can be a normal outcome of the wear and tear process, any major or marked changes should be diagnosed and corrected sooner rather than later. 

For more information and assistance with repairs, contact the manufacturer of your air compressor or visit websites like http://www.compressor-pump.com.