4 Tips For Prolonging The Life Of Your Air Compressor

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You finally bought an air compressor for your workshop. If you've never owned one before, you might not be aware of the maintenance that will be required. Unfortunately, not maintaining your air compressor properly can lead to frequent break-downs, as well as premature wear and tear. Here are four steps that can extend the life of your air compressor.

Check the Hoses

Each time you use your air compressor, you should inspect the hoses. Cracked, crimped or damaged hoses can diminish the effectiveness of your air compressor. First, do a visual inspection of your hoses. Next, run your hands along the entire length of the hoses. If you see or feel any signs of damage, you should replace the hoses as soon as possible. It's also important that you tighten the hose connections each time you use your compressor.

Change the Filter

Your air compressor has an air filter attached to it. The air filter prevents dirt and debris from clogging the hoses. When the filter is dirty, your air compressor will have to work harder than it normally would, which can cause the motor to overheat. To keep your air compressor working properly, be sure to change the filter at least twice a year.

Drain the Air Tank

Each time you operate your air compressor, moisture builds up inside the tank. If you live in an area that experiences extreme humidity, the amount of moisture your tank develops will increase. That moisture can cause rust to build up inside the air tank. At least once a month, you should drain your air tank by releasing the air valve.

Clean the Fuel Tank

If you have a gas powered air compressor, the fuel tank will need to be drained and cleaned at least once a year. Cleaning the fuel tank will prevent dirt from building up in the fuel lines. To clean the tank, remove it from the air compressor unit and drain the fuel.

Once the tank is drained, use a shop vacuum to remove any dirt that might have collected inside. While you have the fuel tank off, inspect the fuel filter. If you see a collection of dirt or debris, you should replace the fuel filter before operating the air compressor again.

If you have a new air compressor, you want it to last as long as possible. Use the instructions provided here to extend the life of your compressor. Contact a company like Kruge-Air Inc or another location for more tips and info.

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