Spring is here, and just like our houses need a nice spring cleaning so do our compressor rooms. After a long winter and temperatures start to rise, compressor maintenance might be the last thing you are thinking about. But maintaining an energy efficient compressor room and avoiding unnecessary downtime requires ongoing maintenance be a top priority all year. Here are four things to take into consideration this spring.
Increasing humidity – With temperatures increasing so does the humidity. When the air is warmer, it’s capable of holding more water vapor. When the air is compressed and cooled, the moisture condenses, turning it back into liquid. If water gets into your system, it can lead to multiple problems. It is important to make sure your condensate traps, drains and dryers are all working at peal performance.
Monitor Compressor Temperatures – Spring is notorious for fluctuating temperatures. Some days are warm and full of sunshine while others are cool and rainy. Air compressors create a lot of heat, which combined with higher temperatures can cause issues. Monitoring and logging compressor temperatures throughout the course of the day can help you take notice and act quickly if their temperatures rise too high. It is also important to make sure the cooler is functioning properly.
Ventilation is key – If a compressor is in an enclosed room without proper cooling or ventilation, the machine could overheat. Overheating can lead to unnecessary and costly downtime. Making sure your compressor room is ventilated properly. This can help prevent unnecessary downtimes to keep your operation buzzing throughout the spring.
Check your filters – With spring comes lots and lots of pollen, which can aggravate your compressor system. When compressors take in ambient air, they also take in all the particulates floating in that air. In the spring, the increase of pollen and allergens means filters will be working hard to remove contaminants from your compressed air supply. Making sure your filters are in good working order is achievable by sticking to a preventative maintenance schedule. If you aren’t, be on the lookout for unusual pressure drops; they could indicate a clogged filter.
Because your compressor package is an essential part of day-to-day operations, maintenance during the spring months isn’t something that can or should be overlooked. Busy schedule? Let us take care of the maintenance for you and contact us. We would be happy to assist and make sure that your compressor equipment is ready for Spring.