Three Steps to Maintaining Your Air Compressor

Three Steps to Maintaining Your Air Compressor


Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure your air compressor continues to operate efficiently. There are some simple steps you can take on your own to keep your unit in optimal running condition.


Replace the Filter


A dirty air compressor filter will make the unit work harder than necessary to take in air. This can put a strain on your air compressor, causing it to be less efficient and reducing its usable lifespan. At the very least, filters should be changed every six months, but it’s a good idea to change them more often if your compressor gets a lot of use. Check the unit’s manual for a recommended schedule.


Inspect the Hoses


Do a periodic inspection of the hoses of your air compressor. If they look cracked, corroded, or damaged, you should get them replaced as soon as possible. Cracked hoses will eventually begin to leak and force the other components to work harder to deliver air properly.


Change the Compressor Oil


Like the filter, the compressor’s oil should be changed in regular intervals to keep your unit running smoothly. Most manuals will recommend changing the oil after a certain amount of service hours, such as after every 1,000 hours it has been used. The manual should also tell you what type of oil to use. If you’re not sure what’s right for your air compressor, ask a professional.



NB Sales and Service of Bakersfield is ready to help you with all of your air compressor maintenance needs. We work with a wide selection of manufacturers and travel throughout Kern County and the surrounding valley. Contact us today.