Keeping your air compressor cooler clean:
Why preventive maintenance pays off when the hot and humid summer weather hits?
With high temperatures and humidity persisting in many parts of Australia, we are currently experiencing a higher call out rate for air compressor breakdowns, stemming from air compressor cooler blockages. However, this unnecessary downtime can be avoided by following one simple rule.
Firstly, this means your compressed air system will be working overtime to maintain required output and have a detrimental effect on the lubricating properties of your oil. This would result in shortened service intervals and additional costs that could be easily avoided.
Secondly, a higher running temperature will increase the amount of oil passed downstream into the reticulation system. This can lead to high differential/early spoilage on plant filtration that will increase energy costs. It will also reduce service intervals and increase the chance of machine breakdown.
However, the other impact that shouldn’t be overlooked is the long-term effect this will have on the lifespan of the air compressor. As we mentioned, a higher running temperature will increase oil carry over and create a lower oil level in your compressed air system. Without adequate lubrication, the internal components of the air compressor will prematurely wear – and even fail. This means that wearing parts will have a shorter life span and need replacing sooner than expected (creating extra expense). It could also cause longer term damage to the compressed air system which significantly reduces its overall useful life, meaning it will need replacing sooner than under normal conditions.
How can this be avoided?
It’s actually quite simple. By following the manufacturers recommended maintenance schedule you can ensure your air compressor cooler is clean and your compressor is ready to handle the higher temperatures and humidity of the summer months. In addition, don’t forget to consult your user manual and perform the daily and weekly checks as prescribed. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.