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Summer care for compressors

Summer is here and with it comes the heat. While we all enjoy the warm weather, it’s important to remember that high temperatures can take a toll on our equipment, including air compressors.

Sullair equipment is highly regarded for its durability and reliability in even the harshest conditions, yet this shouldn’t mean compressors are neglected and assumed to be fine. Air compressors are a vital piece of equipment for many industries and proper care of them is essential to ensure they continue to run efficiently and last for many years.

Of course, a comprehensive service and maintenance program should be the foundation of your compressor care plan however, it doesn’t hurt to remember some key things to regularly pay attention to.

Keep it cool

Air compressors produce a lot of heat during operation, so it’s important to keep them in a well-ventilated area. Especially when considering the high temperatures some facilities can get to on hot summer days. Good ventilation will ensure the heat is well dispersed and prevent the compressor from overheating. Make sure there’s plenty of room around it for air to circulate.

Check the oil

Not only can oil quality and character break down over time, it can also be diminished by exposure to consistent and excessive heat. Older, heat-affected oil can become less effective and result in unwanted wear and tear as your compressor has to work hard for the same results. Avoid diminished performance of your compressor by checking the oil level regularly and replacing the oil if necessary.

Good filtration is key

Filters are one of the most crucial components of a compressor. Hot, dry conditions can lead to a buildup of dust, foreign particles, and debris in the filters. If left unchecked, the compressor’s airflow may be restricted which can cause the unit to overheat. This may cause minimal disruption initially but neglect over longer periods could result in actions as devastating as an airend failure or a complete shutdown. Be sure to check filters regularly and clean or replace them as often as required.

Consistent care and maintenance will keep your air compressor running smoothly throughout the summer and beyond. Sullair compressors go through rigorous testing before being shipped to customers, and extreme temperature testing is part of this. A great quality, well-maintained compressor should run smoothly all year round.

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