Summer Maintenance Tips

Summer maintenance tips

Summertime is officially here in Texas. The summer brings long, hot and humid days, all of which can take a toll on your air compressor. Skyrocketing temperatures combined with condensation can strain your equipment’s performance unless you’re prepared. Here are some summer maintenance tips that we at 3C have put together to help you with your preventative maintenance.

1. Clean Your Cabinet and Intake Air Filters

Seems like routine maintenance, but it’s easy to forget when you’re day-to-day tasks take over . A compressor runs cooler and uses less energy when filters are clean. When you have dirty, clogged filters, they can lead to pressure drops. This causes the compressor to work at higher levels to accommodate the demand. It’s important to follow a regular maintenance schedule and add checks for seasonal changes.

2. Check Compressor Room Ventilation

Increased airflow helps us breathe easier and the same can be said about our machines. Air and oil filters require a little extra attention in the summer. Check the compressor room frequently and adjust ventilation and airflow accordingly. Air contaminants, such as pollen and other air pollutants that are prevalent in the summer, can clog up your compressors. When you check your compressor room, make sure to clean and clear the ventilation system. 

3. Look Through Your Drains

The high humidity in the summer causes more condensation when air cools and eventually come out of the drains. Check to ensure that your drains are clear and in working order so they can handle the increased flow. The condensation is sometimes mixed with the compressor oil, so we recommend treating the water before being released directly into the drain. While you’re checking the drains, you should also look at the unit’s filtered and separation tanks. 

4. Clean Your Coolers

During the summer, your air compressor is running not sprinting. To make sure it doesn’t pass out from the heat, you must unblock or unclog your coolers. When your coolers are blocked or clogged, this can cause your air compressor to overheat.

5. Adjust Your Water Cooling Systems 

With your water-cooled compressors, adjust the temperature of the water entering the system. This helps compensate for increased ambient temperatures and to ensure that it is adequate for summer conditions. 

Taking these preventive steps will help sustain your air compressor system in the summer and your business as a whole helping prevent downtime. If you find yourself with no time to do these regular and seasonal maintenance checks, let 3C help you! We’re here for all your summer maintenance along with preventive and corrective maintenance needs. 

What You Need to Know About Air Compressor Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your air compressor is a great way to save yourself time and money. Taking a few moments out of your day to ensure things are running smoothly can keep your machine from developing major issues down the road that could cost a lot to repair. Be sure to hang on to your owner’s manual so you can refer back to it while performing your maintenance checks! The manufacturer of your air compressor should be the authority on how to care for it and ensure its longevity. 

Using your manual, build out a maintenance schedule that looks something like this:

ProcedureDailyWeeklyMonthlyQuarterly 
Check pump oil levelX
Oil leak inspectionX
Drain water in tankX
Inspect odd noises/vibrationsX
Inspect air leaksX
Inspect beltsX
Check/Clean air filtersX
Check safety relief valveX
Check and tighten nuts and boltsX
Check connections for leaksX
Scheduled Maintenance Call 3C!

Make sure your schedule includes all the key points of compressor maintenance with a note of how frequently each item needs to occur– some inspections will need to be done more often due to the daily wear and tear of the machine, while others can be done monthly or quarterly. Following your checklist is the easiest way to ensure that you spot any problems early on and prevent minor issues from becoming major repairs in the future.  

Scheduled maintenance is more than just changing a few filters!  At 3C, we have an in-depth checklist covering all preventive and corrective maintenance to ensure that you are getting the most out of your investment with minimal downtime for your facility.

Is your compressor in need of professional maintenance? Request a quote today!