An air compressor can help you meet every demand that your do-it-yourself projects require. Unfortunately, inexperience can sometimes mean that you do not get the most out of your rental air compressor and end up working harder than necessary. Here are some tips and tricks to remember when using an air compressor.
- Read the manual. Your rental should come with a manual to help you understand that particular model. Even if you have used an air compressor before, read the manual to determine if there are any special precautions you need to take.
- Check the fasteners. Loose fasteners, such as bolts and screws, on the air compressor can impact how smoothly it operates. Before each use, tighten any fasteners that are loose.
- Check the oil. Ideally, the rental provider will check the oil before you take the air compressor. However, as an added precaution, check it before use. You also need to closely monitor it to ensure there is not a leak.
- Turn off the compressor in downtimes. Air compressors use a lot of energy and can generate large amounts of heat. As a result, your working environment can quickly heat up and your energy bill can increase.
- Set the automatic condensate drain. If your rental air compressor is equipped with an automatic condensate drain, it will periodically drain the moisture from the air compressor. A moisture build-up can lead to an increased risk of rust developing.
- Wipe away moisture. Even if your air compressor is equipped with an automatic condensate drain, moisture can sometimes accumulate and cause damage. After each use of the compressor, check for moisture before moving on.
- Check the air filter. The air filter is responsible for catching dirt and other debris as it is pulled in by the air compressor. The cleaned air is then pushed into the compressor for use. If the filter is dirty, less air is being pushed into the compressor, which pushes it to work harder to power equipment hooked to it.
- Test the safety shutdown system. Each air compressor has a built-in safety feature that prevents the equipment from overheating. It also can help to turn off the compressor if the oil is low. This is especially important because an overheated or dry engine can burn out and lead to an expensive repair.
Consult with the air compressor rental provider, such as Summit Tool Rentals Division Of Wirtz Rentals, to identify other methods of maintaining the equipment while it is in your possession.