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2 Things To Check Before Replacing Your Industrial Air Compressor That Has Decreased Pressure

You worksite may depend on an industrial-sized air compressor for its day-to-day operations, such as running the machines or power hand tools. However, you may have noticed lately that the compressor does not have enough pressure to do its job, making you consider replacing it with a new one. However, before you replace the compressor, check for the following to see if there is a minor cause of the dropped pressure that has a simpler solution.

1.  Check the Compressor's Air Filter for Dirt and Water Saturation

Before you decide to throw out your air compressor and have a new one installed, the first thing you should do is to check the air filter. If the filter becomes clogged up with dust or dirt, the air that is needed to build up pressure within the compressor cannot flow freely. If this happens, the pressure will be decreased, and you will not get as much power out of it.

Also, check to see if the filter is saturated with water. When the filter becomes saturated by condensation that forms inside of the compressor, the holes through which the air passes can collapse, blocking its flow. Whether the filter is dirty or saturated, try cleaning it or replacing it with a new one, depending on whether your compressor uses reusable or throw-away filters. 

2.  Look for Holes in the Pipes and Hoses

If you have tried changing the air filter but still have decreased pressure in your compressor, the next thing you can do is to look for holes in the pipes and hoses. If air is allowed to escape even through a tiny pinhole, the pressure will not be able to fully build up and could drastically decrease its power.

If you do find any holes, cracks, or other signs of damage in the pipes or hoses, try replacing them with new ones. Then, use the compressor for a day or two to see if taking this action makes any difference in the pressure levels.

After checking the filter, pipes, and hoses, you may not be able to determine the cause of your compressor's air compressor. If so, there is most likely a problem with the motor or the unit is no longer able to handle the workload that your employees demand from it. If this is the case, contact an air compressor installation service to discuss your options for replacing the old compressor with a newer, larger model.

Reach out to a company like Compressed Air Systems to learn more.