Tips to Maintain Your Portable Air Compressor

Dec 27, 2022


Portable air compressors are machines that rely on a reciprocating piston to move air into a pressure tank. The maximum amount of pressure the compressor can produce is controlled by the amount of energy it consumes. In other words, if the pump or motor is older or on its last leg, expect low pressure performance.

How does the air compressor work?

The portable air compressor uses a motor-driven piston below that compresses air inside its cylinder chamber when you turn on its power switch. As long as there is electricity coming from the electrical outlet, the motor keeps working until the desired pressure level is reached inside the chamber of the portable air compressor– between 3 and 8 pounds per square inch (PSI). Compressed air flows through a hose that connects to a coupler on the tool being used. This allows you to use your tools without having to use hand strength alone. In addition, gasoline-powered compressors can be used almost anywhere, but are heavy and noisy, therefore not ideal for home use. Electric models are quieter and lighter than gasoline ones, but lack power as gas-powered models do.

On maintaining the portable air compressor

There’s more to maintaining a portable air compressor than just plugging it in and starting the motor. To help keep a compressor running smoothly, the following are indispensable:

1. Clean the motor regularly
The motor on a portable air compressor needs periodic cleaning in order to run efficiently and avoid overheating. Cleaning involves removing dust from internal components so that they don’t accumulate inside and cause friction. This can damage delicate parts over time and cause not only to fail prematurely but also generate unnecessary heat that could damage other components within the unit.

2. Check for leaks
Leaks can occur anywhere in an air compressor system, including leaks in seals and hoses. Leaks can cause waste of valuable energy and result in poor quality air pressure being delivered by the unit. To avoid leaks, check all hoses carefully. Look for signs of wear or tear on hoses and inspect closely prior to using again if they appear damaged or worn down in any way. In addition, because oil lubricates moving parts within the motor, it’s important to replace any oil that has been expelled during usage with fresh oil before storing the unit for long periods of time or transporting it between locations where you may need it again.

3. Use the correct oil
Never use vegetable or cooking oils like corn or soybean oil because they break down at high temperatures and will gum up the seals inside the compressor’s engine. Try to use a mineral-based oil such as SAE 10W-30 or SAE 30. Always check the oil level before starting up the machine to keep track of how much fuel is going into it at any given time (especially for larger capacity models). Most manufacturers recommend checking the oil level every day or two during use as well as when turning off after each use session.

4. Check all hoses regularly
An air compressors machinery uses rubber hoses to transport compressed air from the tank through valves and gauges into different parts of the unit where it’s needed most. These hoses should be checked often for cracks or tears that can trigger leaks or damage other parts of the unit with rust or corrosion over time if left unchecked.

5. Maintain the pressure regulator
The pressure regulator keeps the pressure in your system at safe levels and helps prevent overloading the pump. If the unit does not have one, buy an extra regulator when you need extra power for inflating tires or powering large tools such as nail guns or staplers. A poorly maintained pressure regulator can overheat and even explode,

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Important attributes of air compressors machinery in Singapore are the quality and amount of horsepower, its durability, as well as low noise and vibration levels. The exhaust should be able to dissipate heat at a higher level than the input. There is no doubt an addition from Hup Hong Machinery will help ensure the smooth functionality of your needs from pushing paint to pressure washing for many years to come. Contact us today.

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