Winter Air Compressor Maintenance Tips
December 20, 2019
The first day of winter is fast approaching meaning we’re going to delve into sub-zero temperatures. Anything below 5° can actually thicken your compressor oil and freeze condensation inside your air compressor, so it’s important you look after your system to avoid poor performance and expensive repairs. Here are some maintenance tips to specifically follow this season:
Air Compressor Winter Guidance
Maintain Your Compressor Temperature
As mentioned above, it’s important that your air compressor ambient temperature never reaches below 5°C as this could lead to your system being unable to start. To avoid this, you should make sure that the environment your air compressor is stored in is warm enough.
Identify and block any draughts but be careful to leave the ventilation. Use a small heater to provide additional warmth, especially when the air compressor isn’t in use, to maintain a consistent temperature.
Drain the Condensate Daily
Drains are vital to any condensate management system, so you need to make sure these are effectively draining every day in order to ensure leftover condensate doesn’t freeze. Frozen condensate can lead to burst, blocked or damaged pipes, which will obviously cost you money to get repaired.
You can manually drain your air compressor daily or install an automatic drain system, so you can avoid this potential issue. If you do fit an automatic system, still make sure you check it is draining efficiently as part of your daily compressor checks.
Regularly Check Dryers and Filters
Both dryers and filters are used in your air compressor to remove water from your system, so it’s important to check the condition of them during these colder months in order to avoid downstream freezing.
Also, refrigerated dryers will not work as effectively if they are working in temperatures below 5°. Protect these elements to protect your air compressor.
Identify and Repair Any Leaks
While you’re running your usual checks, make sure you keep an eye out for any leaks so you can locate them and repair them as quickly as possible. Leak detection monitoring systems are extremely reliable when it comes to finding leaks as many are too small to detect by just walking around.
By investing in this equipment and making sure you always do your checks, this will ensure that your compressed air system is operating efficiently and effectively during the winter. Also, it will save you money in the long run.
External Compressed Air Equipment
Not only should you check your air compressor unit, but also the external piping and equipment. These can all be affected by the cold weather, with freezing pipes more likely to occur during winter.
Protection methods can be applied to ensure all external equipment doesn’t experience any problems this season; contact us today for more information or advice regarding this.
Heat Recovery Methods
Did you know you can actually recover and reuse the heat that is generated from your air compressor? Even during the cold, winter months, you can use the heat in order to make some energy savings when it comes to warming up your workplace.
Conduct Regular Maintenance Checks
As always, air compressor maintenance is essential to keep your system working efficiently, but it is even more vital during the colder months. 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.
Contact us today for any servicing and maintenance needs or if you require any additional information or advice.