Air compressor is the must-have tool for you pneumatic nailer. Without air compressor, you can’t use the nailer. So, besides of maintaining the nailer, you also have to maintain air compressor. Otherwise, you have to waste time and money for repairing the air compressor. Pick your choice, what will you do? If you want to save your time and money by maintaining the air compressor regularly, the article written below is for you. Take a look.
Ways to Maintain air compressor
1. Drain the tank: Air compressor tank is the storage where air is kept in a compressed situation. However, the water vapor with the drawn air causes some water inside the storage which is not supposed to be there. For removing this water, the compressors come up with drain valve which is generally located at the very bottom of the tank. To take the water out, you have to open the valve fully and keep it open for some moments so that you can be ensured that the tank is fully free from water. Do this every time after using the air compressor.
2. Check and change pump oil: If you use an air compressor which needs oil to operate, check for the oil level regularly. To know the oil level needed to run the compressor, check the user manual. To check the oil level, at first disconnect the power source and place the tool in a flat place. Open the fill cap and check how much oil is remaining there.
If you need to change the oil, place a container underneath the oil drain cap and open the oil drain cap. The used oil will come out and the container will collect that. After collecting all the used oil of the tool, replace the oil drain cap properly. After that, pour manufacturer recommended oil inside the tank. Make sure that the oil level doesn’t exceed the manufacturer’s recommendation. Then replace the fill cap in its place properly. Check the pump oil before starting using the tool and change pump oil if needed.
3. Check and clean the air filter, change if needed: The air filter of the air compressor collects dirt and dust from the air. As it collects dirt and dust from the air and stores those, the filter needs to clean after every use. Otherwise, it may be leaked and pass the dirt and dust to the internal components of the air compressor which will cause a large repairing later.
To check the air filter, locate the filter of your compressor. The user manual will show you where the air filter is located. Take out the air filter and clean it. Make sure that it is free of all dust and dirt and other contaminated elements. Some air filters are washable, so you can wash that but make sure it is fully dry before replacing. If the air filter is damaged or torn, make sure that you are replacing that with a new one. Otherwise, there is a chance of the tool being damaged by dust and other contaminated elements.
4. Tighten the screws: Air compressor is a tool which creates vibration when it is being used. As a result, there is a chance of the screws being loose. If the screws become loose, the tool will not work properly. So it is recommended to check and tighten the screws every day to maintain air compressor and get efficient performance.
5. Check the compressor belt: The compressor belt is there to link two pulleys manually. The pulleys may left expose in some model where other models use a plastic cover or cage that around the pulleys for safety. Look at the pulleys and the belt. If you find that the belt is okay, leave it there. But if there is a major tear in the belt, make sure that you change the compressor belt.
To change the compressor belt, take out the previous belt by pulling it over the larger pulley. If you are able to take a little portion out then rotate the pulleys. The belt will be removed easily. For setting up the new belt, place the belt around the smaller pulley and try to set on the larger one. If you are able to place a small portion on the larger pulley, rotate it to set the whole belt up.
To maintain air compressor properly, you should check the belt daily or weekly. If the belt is fully new, checking weekly is enough. But if the belt is old, it is better to check daily before use.
6. Check the hose: Air compressor hose is used to transport the compressed air to the nailer or other tools you are using with the air compressor. The hose is actually made with tough rubber or other material so that nothing can easily tear it. But sometimes the hose becomes torn. You have to check daily for any leak or tear in the hose because leaked or torn hose can decrease the efficiency of the air and you might fail to get enough air for operating the nailer or other air tools. So check the hose every day and change or repair if needed.
7. Check the safety valve: Maximum air compressors come with the safety valve or some other safety features. You will find about that safety feature in the user manual of the tool. Besides description of the safety feature, you will be shown how to check that safety feature by yourself. Use that manual o learn how to check the safety feature and inspect the safety valve at least once in a month. If I were you, I would check that once in a week.
By following the above 7 things, I believe, you will be able to maintain air compressor properly. Note that air compressor is not a toy, so you have to be careful when you are doing the above things and make sure that the power supply is disconnected.
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