Avoiding Air Compressor Leaks
Your air compressor is made up of various components that become subject to wear and tear as the unit functions. This may eventually result in a leak occurring within the system. Air compressor leaks can be a huge source of energy waste for industrial facilities. In fact, a leak can waste up to 30%of a compressor’s output, which can cost you a lot of money over time. However, there are some things you can do to minimize leaks and reduce your energy expenses.
- Inspect the Unit
To keep leaks at bay, get in the habit of doing a weekly inspection of your air compressor. Look at the hoses, fittings, pipe joints, and other connectors for small leaks. Even these minor leaks can spike your energy usage, so it’s recommended to address them early on to keep them from developing into a bigger problem.
- Get Preventative Maintenance
Periodic maintenance is key to avoiding unnecessary leaks and excessive energy costs. Without it, you might not learn that your air compressor has a leak until it progresses enough to shut down your system. Your air compressor technician will handle routine tasks like changing the oil and filter to keep your unit running efficiently. They will also test the unit for proper function and inspect the system for leaks, allowing you to catch them sooner rather than later.
- Replace Old Parts
Air compressor hoses, tubes, couplings, and other fittings can deteriorate over time. If you notice any rust or other corrosion, a leak won’t be far behind, so it’s best to be proactive. Replacing these worn-out parts promptly will help you avoid minor leaks that would be difficult to catch without a thorough inspection of the system.
Suspect a leak within your compressed air system? Contact NB Sales and Service of Bakersfield today to schedule an inspection.