Schedule Equipment Maintenance So Your Equipment Doesn’t Schedule It For You

You probably wouldn’t go months on end without changing your car oil or rotating your tires. You know putting off car maintenance can have dire consequences and even put you completely out of commission. Compressor equipment works the same way. So, failing to schedule regular compressor maintenance could have your shop up a creek.

Regular maintenance doesn’t have to be some big to-do. In fact, many vehicle service shops conduct basic maintenance in-house. If that’s the route you want to take here are some tips to consider:

  1. Check those lubrication levels. This means every 24 hours. Low lubrication levels prevent compressors from running at peak performance. When lubrication levels get low, replace with a lubricant that is high-quality and specifically designed for rotary screw compressors like the Ingersoll Rand® Ultra Coolant. For reciprocating models, Ingersoll Rand’s synthetic All Season Select is a great choice. Depending on your compressor, these lubricants will make all the difference in efficiency and wear on your equipment parts.
  2. Replace filters on time. The job of a filter is to keep your compressor air clean. If your filter is dirty, it cannot do this effectively. Monitor your filter regularly and replace it if it looks dirty to keep your air clean.
  3. Ensure the right belt tension. Your compressor’s drive belt transfers energy from the compressor motor to your tools. If tension on the belt isn’t at the proper tension, that energy transfer could suffer and make your tools run less efficiently. 

These are just a few basic maintenance tips that can keep your operation running smoothly for longer. For a deeper dive on maintenance best practices and parts for your shop compressor visit our Vehicle Services Industry site.