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Air Compressor Maintenance

Air Compressor Maintenance

Written By: Tyler Hasenpflug CET

So many companies rely on the need to have compressed air at their facility.  More often than not what ends up happening is that an air compressor is setup and then forgotten about.  This can pose a large problem as an air compressor without proper maintenance on it can lead to costly repairs and higher energy bills at your facility.

Air Compressor:
Let’s start off with the air compressor maintenance.  Air compressor maintenance is important as without proper maintenance it can lead to failures such as seized compressor pump, or rusted tanks.  When we are onsite the first thing that we are going to check is a physical inspection on the compressor pump and tank.  The next important check is the oil quality and to create a bench mark for the compressor fill time, which we will use to track compressor pump wear.  We will complete a full electrical inspection on the compressor pump to ensure that everything is working to manufacture specifications.  The next step is to inspect the tank on the air compressor, here we are going to inspect the tank for rust and ensure that we empty the tank and test the tank for leaks.   The last step is to fully inspect the air compressor system for leaks to ensure that it is a sealed system.  If the system has leaks this will translate into two things; one is extra wear on the compressor pump and two is a higher energy bill at the end of the month, which no one wants.  After we complete our leak test, if the air compressor system has no leaks we move onto testing the compressed air system as a whole.  If the air compressor has leaks it will be important to correct the leaks as soon as possible to prevent wear on the compressor pump and to save on energy.

Compressed Air System:
Now that we have progressed through testing of the air compressor it is now time to test the compressed air system as a whole.  Testing the air system is important as leaks will translate into extra costs down the road.  Leaks in the system will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is a small leak and 5 is a severe leak that will need to be addressed as soon as possible.  Common leaks in most systems are usually attribute to the accessories, in dental air system common leaks are:

  • Air Water Syringe
  • Dental Control Console
  • Foot Switches
  • Shut off Valves

Once the leaks are identified it will then be important to setup a repair plan to correct the leaks in the system.  As we mentioned earlier leaks in the system will need to be corrected to save on energy cost and to prevent premature wear on your air compressor.

The TRH Value

The added value of choosing TRH Services to complete maintenance on your air compressor systems is that while we are onsite we will test your system to ensure that all leaks are identified, and repaired in a timely manner.   As noted above by identifying leaks in the system and correcting them it will ensure that you get the most amount of life out of your air compressor and it operates at its peak efficiency.  We complete our onsite service of these devices across South-Western Ontario (London, Toronto, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, etc.).