April 25, 2015

Troubleshooting Chart for Air Compressors

While the basic working principle of any air compressor can be the same, the design of ach equipment is different from manufacturer to manufacturer and from one model to another. One of the best places to refer for repair and service of your air compressor is the owner’s manual. This article is a troubleshooting guide that gives a list of most common air compressor problems in general, with their possible causes and some remedies to fix the issues. This is not an alternative to the manufacturer’s guide but an additional source to be used as a complementary reference guide along with the owner’s manual. Before making any purchase of any spare parts, always refer to owner’s manual in order to make sure that the right parts are purchased. Problem/Symptom Possible Cause Recommended Solution Compressor not starting. No electrical power. Turn on power. Push the reset button. Low oil level. Check […]
April 25, 2015

10 Useful Tips for Air Compressor Maintenance

Proper maintenance is very important for the efficient operation, longer life as well as reducing the operational cost of your air compressor. Poor maintenance leads to malfunctioning of the compressor and eventually cause breakdown if their up keep is neglected. Breakdowns can be costly not only because you have to repair of the air compressor but also due to loss of production. Below are some maintenance tips for you air compressor. Tip -1 : Owners Manual Read, understand and follow the air compressor manual. Keep the manual in an easily retrievable place. Compressors are generally reliable equipment that typically doesn’t need daily maintenance. But when you have a problem, these manuals are very helpful. It gives you the Do’s and Don’ts and simple tips for the safe and effective operation of your compressor. Don’t worry if you manual is missing. Most manufacturers have the maintenance manual available online which you […]
April 25, 2015

Reciprocating Air Compressor – Maintenance Checks and Schedule

The basic working principle of a reciprocating type screw air compressor is the same regardless of the brand and model However, the design of ach equipment is different between different manufacturers and from one model to another. The owner’s manual is one the most recommended place to refer for while preparing a maintenance check and schedule for your compressor. The schedule below provides generic checks and schedule that can be followed for your reciprocating compressor. Maintenance Checks and Schedule Item Activity Observation/Remarks  1.    DAILY CHECKS 1.1 Visual inspection before stat up.     Check the oil level. Maintain between high and low level marks onThe sight glass. Warning: Do not overfill!    1.2 Drain moisture accumulation from the air receiver.   1.3 Drain drop legs and traps in air distribution system, if applicable     Check if safety guards are in place.    1.4 Check oil pressure, (Guide line:18 to […]
April 25, 2015

Compressor Safety Tips – Know the Basics

Safety comes first while operating an air compressor, which is true with any other rotating equipment. An air compressor produces air at high pressure which is used for a variety of applications. Compresses air has a lot of potential energy and is very safe if used properly. Unsafe use can cause severe damages to equipment and life. Here are some safety tips that you need to know while dealing with air compressors and compressed air systems. Personnel protective equipment (PPE) Always remember to use personnel protective equipment while dealing with air compressors. Eye and hearing protection are good examples. Operator Training Properly trained and knowledgeable operator in essential for safe and effective operation of your air compressor. It is important to read and follow the operating manual. Operating manual should be available to the operators for ready reference as needed. Visual Check before Use Before operating an air compressor inspect […]
April 25, 2015

Air Compressors – Recommended Parts to Keep in Stock

Air Compressor is essentially a machine that converts electric power or gas power in case of engine operated compressors, in to pressurized air. This compressed air at high pressures has a lot of potential energy that can be used for several important purposes like painting, cleaning, driving air tools, medical equipment and so on. It is vital to have uninterrupted supply of air when needed. As with any other rotating equipment, air compressor will also need periodic maintenance and replacement of wear parts. In addition, there could be premature failure due to inappropriate operation, malfunction or accidents. As an air compressor owner, you need to know what the essential parts are, that you need to keep in stock so that you can ensure trouble free operation and uninterrupted supply on compressed air. This article deals with identifying these essential parts. Different types of air compressors There are various types of […]
February 5, 2015

Tips for Selling Your Compressor

5 Easy tips to get the best price for your used equipment! With today’s economy, more and more businesses are looking to the used equipment market for their industrial needs.  That air compressor or dryer wants to work, and there is a company out there that wants and needs it.  Your job is to introduce the two of them. Here are some simple ideas to help you get the job done. I. Prepare The Unit For Sale: Have a mechanic or technician check it out thoroughly.  Be sure it is operating properly.  If it is a towable unit, check the tires and hitch mechanism. Clean and polish the machine, make it look new again. Gather together any manuals you may have. Make copies of maintenance records if available.  A well maintained unit will top a buyers list. If you have extra parts or general maintenance items, box them up and […]
February 5, 2015

Buying Used Compressed Air Equipment the Smart Way

You already know the advantages of buying a used air compressor: you can pick up a great piece of equipment for just a fraction of the cost. But you should also know there are some things to specifically look for and look out for when buying a used air compressor as well. What to Look For When beginning your search for a used compressed air system, you want to first look for any businesses in your local area (or however far you’re willing to travel) that are going out of businesses. Generally speaking these owners will want to liquidate their equipment and inventory fast and will offer the best prices. What kinds of business use air compressors? Garages, auto body shops, factories, farms, a myriad assortment really. You can also look online at various auction and classified sites which may sell a unit that will fit your needs. Air Compressor […]
February 5, 2015

Advantages and Disadvantages of Remanufactured Compressors

Like many machines, air compressors too undergo wear and tear. It “ages” and depreciates according to how often it is used and the care and maintenance that it is afforded. But even with the fullest amount of caring, the machine will eventually break down and have its parts broken or malfunction. More often than not, when this happens, that machine will surely be bound for the junk yard and replaced with new ones. Well, that is way faster than trying to replace the damaged parts and finding the right individual to do it for you. But do you know that remanufactured compressors provide the same power that the new ones or the second hand compressors do? See Used Dessicant Dryers Here Remanufactured compressors are those compressors that previously broke down because of damaged parts or malfunctioning units. The defective parts are replaced with new ones, the unit cleaned and refurbished. […]
February 5, 2015

5 Easy Tips to Get the Best Price for Your Used Equipment

With today’s economy, more and more businesses are looking to the used equipment market for their industrial needs. That industrial air compressor or dryer wants to work, and there is a company out there that wants and needs it. Your job is to introduce the two of them. Here are some simple ideas to help you get the job done. Tip #1 – Getting the Unit Ready for Sale We understand selling a 5 or 10 year old industrial air compressor might not require the same type of detailing as a used Porche, but you should still take steps to make the best impression with your equipment. Have a mechanic or technician check it out thoroughly. Be sure it is operating properly. If it is a towable unit, check the tires and hitch mechanism. Clean and polish the machine, make it look new again. Many manufacturers offer touch up paint […]
February 5, 2015

What Type of Compressor is Right for You?

There are mainly three types of air compressor pumps: 1. Reciprocating Air Compressors: Also referred to as a piston compressor, this is a positive displacement machine which basically means the air volume is confined into a smaller space like a holding tank. This is accomplished with a piston in a cylinder. Reciprocating units can be powered by gas or electric and are usually under 50HP. For large industrial plants that need over 100HP they can be built as multi-stage units. Because of the moving parts, these units tend to operate at high temperatures and must be air or water cooled. 2. Rotary Screw Air Compressors: This type is also in the positive displacement category. This simple design has been around for over 50 years. The basic principle behind this unit is the twin rotors that compress the air internally. There are less moving parts than the reciprocating models so you will have […]