Air compressors, like any other pieces of important manufacturing equipment, need to be serviced regularly in order to keep them in good working condition. Compressor servicing should become part of your everyday routine when looking after your air compressors, ensuring they are working to their full efficiency – and, very importantly, that they are safe for everyone to use. By building servicing into your usual compressor care, it will be something that comes naturally to your and your staff, and you won’t find that it is something that is arduous or feels too much like a chore.
Keeping a thorough record of all servicing
All air compressors will need to be serviced on a regular basis, to make sure they are working safely. This will be set out in the manual that comes with the air compressor, so take note and make sure you keep hold of all relevant documentation. Much of this will depend on the brand of compressor, and also the type. For example, if your compressor runs on oil, it will need an oil change on a regular basis, which is usually determined by the number of hours the compressor has been running. For example, it might be the case that your compressor will need a full oil change for every 300 hours that it has been working. Rotary screw compressors are complex pieces of kit and will probably need to be serviced more often to keep them in good condition and to make sure all parts are working as they should be. Many of these parts are internal, so it’s not something that can be checked visually.
You should keep clear records of your services – this both makes it easier for your to remember to schedule in the servicing, and it also fulfils your legal duties when you operate pieces of equipment like this.
When you do have your compressor serviced by an external agency, you will get paperwork and records that detail anything that has been fixed or tweaked. There will also be details of the service date and time, so it’s very important you keep all this paperwork for your own records, and in case you get inspected by any regulating bodies.
Choosing a servicing plan to make your life easier
Some specialist compressor manufacturers, retailers and installers will offer servicing plans to streamline the process for you. You will be able to book specialist compressor care with them, on a regular basis to make sure your compressor is never left without a service when it needs one. Many packages will also include maintenance and repairs, so it is good value for money if you want to take care of your compressor without any unexpected costs.
Ask your regular maintenance contractors if they can offer you a servicing plan, which will service your compressors as often as needed. They may also be able to remind you that a service is due, taking the pressure off you to remember – though, of course, this is ultimately your responsibility.