Avoid compressor overheating malfunctions with a few expert tips.

shutterstock_659555353In many places, July and August register the highest annual temperatures. For businesses operating industrial machinery, heat has the potential to wreak havoc on system performance, decreasing energy efficiency and potentially contaminating air flow.

Fortunately, these easy steps will keep your compressor from overheating, allowing you to operate at maximum capacity while guaranteeing the wellbeing and longevity of your machine.

  1. Make a plan

Before all else, map out forthcoming weather predictions and production demands. Your evaluation should include data analysis from past years so you can make more precise demand estimates. Once you can reasonably anticipate your compressor’s requisite output, implement a contingency plan for downtime during hot, summer months.

Consider pairing with a service partner to tailor a plan that accounts for your specific operations while addressing pre-existing issues with your compressed air system. The right partner can mitigate lost costs from reduced machine productivity, offer higher flexibility for scheduling servicing and new equipment installation, and maximize your energy savings.

  1. Conduct more frequent inspections and regulate temperatures

Hopefully, you’re already conducting regular inspections on your compressed air system, but those check-ups become even more important when it’s hot. In the scorching summer heat, your compressor can collect excess internal moisture that can inhibit proper functioning and contaminate your air product. You should be conducting thorough diagnostic check-ups on your compressor every few months and general inspections every couple of weeks.

One of the best ways to avoid overheating is by increasing ventilation and cooling in your facility. Compressed air should remain just above freezing temperature, which cannot be achieved without good ventilation systems.

More critically, without proper ventilation and drying, overheating causes excess moisture to collect in your machine, which can lead to serious damaging effects, including contaminated piping, sticking cylinders and air valves, plugged orifices, and corroded transmitters. Prolonged exposure to moisture can inhibit proper filtration, which is another problem in and of itself — especially in industries that require ISO 8573-1:2010 Class 0 or Class 1 air purity standards.

Finally, consider a full, professional audit on your compressor to identify any potentially unforeseen issues, save on high electricity costs, and increase overall operational safety.

  1. Consider renting extra parts or an additional compressor

If your compressor suffers technical problems due to overheating, it’s prudent to have a variety of dryers, filters, and even compressor systems at your fingertips in order to replace problematic parts at the drop of a hat. Renting additional parts like dryers and air treatment components can effectively combat excess moisture in your system — before it becomes a problem. Plus, a number of companies will offer full compressed air systems to rent, which can help alleviate some of the stress that your primary compressor endures due to heat.

Most importantly, rent from a trusted service partner with a breadth of options that can act as professional insurance to your own equipment. When selecting the right partner, choose a service provider with rental-specific or rental-scoped units to ensure easy, efficient, and safe installation in a variety of environments. Look for an engaged, expert staff who can understand your facility’s unique needs and outfit you with custom equipment to help you meet your production goals, stay safe, and maximize the productivity and energy efficiency of your compressed air system.

Topics: Air Compressor, Rotary Vane Compressor, best practices


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