Technology, Maintenance

April Showers Bring Compressor Issues


As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring something else: excess moisture. The rising temperatures signal an increase in humidity, and that can spell trouble for compressors.

When relative humidity passes the 50 percent threshold, corrosion can occur in compressed air systems. Excess liquid can build up, leading to bacteria growth, blockage and potential leaks. Wet air can even cause problems for air tools and other end-use equipment.

Luckily, combatting moisture is an easy task that can yield great results. Make sure your compressor system is ready with this easy checklist:

  1. Check your dryers

Dryers are a great way to remove moisture from air that filters are separators can’t take away. Like compressors, dryers are affected by temperature and humidity changes. As the season changes and warmers days approach, take some time to inspect your dryers (and air receiver tanks) to ensure they are operating a peak performance.

  1. Keep drains clear

Once moisture is removed from the air, it has to be drained from the system. Drains with electric valves are the best way to ensure water isn’t left in your system. Check your drains to make sure they are draining fully; excess water can cause problems and lead to bacteria growth. It’s also important to make sure the drains aren’t staying open longer than necessary, as this can lead to air loss.

  1. Monitor settings

It’s always vital to monitor your system, but it’s important to keep an eye on it during shifting seasons to make sure components continue to function efficiently. Remote monitoring systems are a great way to watch your compressor from afar and can alert you if there’s anything amiss.

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