We wanted to share with you all a comprehensive article about compressed air systems and the best practices during the winter. We will be sharing this as a Three Part Series so be sure to check back for more.
With each passing year, regions across the United States are experiencing more extreme patterns of weather. In many parts of the country, this past summer has been one of the hottest on record. As fall approaches, it’s time to brace for colder weather; very cold, if recent patterns are an indicator. In preparation for temperatures of a polar extreme, the time is right to inspect your air compressor to ensure that it will be in tip-top shape for the months of winter.
With the following air compressor maintenance tips, your air system will be better equipped to fill your space with desired temperatures, regardless of the weather outside.
Servicing Your Air Compressor System
Semiannual compressor maintenance is crucial for maintaining an air system that functions with maximum efficiency throughout the year. In order to keep the system working consistently and to lower the possibility of downtime, three basic steps should be performed at least twice each year:
- Inspect the system drains– The drains in your air system should be thoroughly checked for any obstructions. Does the passage of air seem to be working properly? Also, check related parts of the system – filters, dryers, receivers – for flow and efficiency.
- Isolate and rectify leaks in the air system– Regardless of whether a leak is large or small, it can be a huge burden on your facility’s energy supply. The sooner you spot and repair such leaks, the more money you’ll save with an energy-efficient system.
- Clear out the filters– When clogs build up in the air filters, the system just won’t work as it should. Clogs can lead to contamination and recurrent pressure drops, which makes it crucial to clear out the air filters on a regular basis.
Air Compressor Maintenance to Keep Your System Weatherized
In the parlance of facility maintenance, winterization means keeping your facility tuned up and ready for the cold months of winter. Air compressor servicing experts recommend biannual system maintenance in preparation for the more extreme times of year; one occurring on the brink of summer, and another as fall gives way to winter. Of course, people often forget to do this kind of maintenance, since it’s a rare chore that can seem a little daunting to the inexperienced. Therefore, it’s wise to mark the calendar to remind yourself in late spring and late fall that it’s time for another round of maintenance on your system.
Be sure to check back soon for Parts II and III.