I Am My Father's Daughter
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I Am My Father's Daughter

Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.

I Am My Father's Daughter

8 Tips For Servicing Your Air Compressor

Beatrice Reid

Proper maintenance of an air compressor is the only way to guarantee that you get your money's worth. Maintenance is not a one-time project, but needs to be done on a consistent basis. Here are eight ways you can keep your air compressor in optimal condition. 

  1. Get familiar with the owner's manual. The manual can be a long and boring read, but it provides you with invaluable information about your air compressor. While reading it, find the parts it is referencing so that you know how to easily find them in the future. 
  2. Visually inspect the compressor before each use. It is important that you thoroughly look over your compressor each time you are ready to use. Detecting problems before use can help you avoid damaging valuable equipment.
  3. Use the right outlets. When plugging other equipment into the compressor, ensure that you use the proper pronged outlet. Using the wrong outlets could not only potentially damage your compressor, but also your other equipment. 
  4. Check the oil levels. If you have an oil-powered compressor, check the oil periodically to ensure that you have enough to properly lubricate the compressor's parts. If not, top it off. 
  5. Tighten screws and bolts. During operations, it is possible for the compressor's screws and bolts to be loosened. At the end of each day of use, take time out to ensure all of the screws and bolts are properly tightened.
  6. Empty the receiver tank. Refer to your owner's manual to locate the receiver tank and empty it. The tank collects moisture as you work. The moisture can lead to corrosion in your compressor. 
  7. Replace the hoses when needed. Cracked hoses can lead to decreased air pressure, which results in more strain being placed on other components of your compressor. To avoid this, inspect and replace hoses, as needed. 
  8. Clean the air filter. Your air compressor takes in a lot of air. As it does, dirt is being filtered it so that it operates more efficiently. If you have a filter that can be removed and cleaned, do so on a regular basis. Replace the filter when necessary. 

There are other ways that you can keep your air compressor ready to go. Your retailer can provide you with additional tips that are specific to the brand and model compressor that you purchased. By taking time to service your compressor before and after each use, you can avoid a costly repair or replacement. Contact a company like Air Chief Inc for more information.