Tips for Planning an Air Compressor’s Maintenance Budget


When a new year starts, it's time for plan the budget for it and an air compressor is no exception, specially if it is a new one.

This requires a large investment, so you need to plan the costs that come along when operating this kind of equipment. You must include an annual maintenance costs plan, as costs will increase exponentially if service is neglected or forgotten.

Check out these 6 tips to take in account when you're planning your compressor's maintenance costs:

1. Type of Compressor: Do you have an oil-free air compressor or an oil-injected air compressor. Which type matters when determining your service intervals!

2. Installation Conditions: The environment your air compressor is installed in effects the frequency of maintenance. Does your compressor live in a hot, humid, freezing, dusty, or dirty location? The more severe the environment, the greater need for maintenance.

3. Operating Cycle: The amount of time your compressor is in use will directly affect the maintenance schedule. But remember - service intervals should be no longer than one year.

4. Degree of Utilization: Is your compressor used very, very frequently? Maintenance needs grow with increased usage. However, if you have backup compressors, then you can lengthen your maintenance schedule.

5. Cooling System: While a cooling system is handled separately from your compressor maintenance, keep in mind that the type of cooling system will affect the compressor service schedule.

6. Auxiliary Compressor Equipment: Do you have any dryers, filters, and drains, - these pieces also need to be serviced, and often more frequently than the compressor itself.

Any further questions? Contact an expert from Optimistic.

Source: Atlas Copco