How to Protect Your Air Compressor During Winter Months
January 28, 2019
These first couple of months into the New Year are known to be some of the coldest, which can be detrimental to your air compressor. Did you know that temperatures below 5° can thicken compressor oil and freeze condensation? This means that its performance will be affected and you may have to fork out for repairs. Here are some tips to help protect your air compressor this winter:
Keep Your Air Compressor Room Warm
Try your best to keep the temperature where your air compressor is stored above 5°. Block any draughts, but not the ventilation, and use a small heater to provide additional warmth to maintain a consistent temperature.
Drain the Condensate Daily
By manually draining your air compressor every day or installing an automatic drain system, you can avoid frozen condensate and the risk of burst, blocked or damaged pipes, which ultimately will save you money for larger reparations.
Don’t Forget Dryers and Filters
Always check the condition of your dryers and filters during colder months as they are the pieces of equipment that remove water from your system. Also, refrigerated dryers will not work as effectively if they are working in temperatures below 5°. Protect these elements to protect your air compressor.
Conduct Regular Maintenance Checks
Air compressor maintenance is more important in these colder months, so it needs to be taken very seriously. Procedures like checking your oil and water levels are vital to see if colder temperatures are thickening the oil or freezing the water. Unforeseen issues can be resolved with regular maintenance.
Remember, the air compressor ambient temperature is different from the outside air temperature; the air compressor ambient temperature always needs to be above 5°. Also, if you do use specific means to warm your air compressor room, make sure it is still well ventilated.
Contact us today for any servicing and maintenance needs or if you require any additional information.