What Is Wrong With Your Air Compressor?

An air compressor can be useful in helping to speed up the pace on construction projects. The occasional problem with the compressor can slow down your project though. To help you stay on task, here are some troubleshooting tips for your air compressor.

Compressor Does Not Power On

Before starting any other troubleshooting for your air compressor when it does not turn on, check the power switch. Ensure that it is switched to the "on" position. If it is, try pressing and holding the "reset" button for a few seconds.

Oil is essential to the operations of your air compressor. When the oil levels are too low, the motor can start to overheat, which prompts the compressor to shutoff as a safety measure. The air compressor will not turn back on until after it has cooled. While the compressor is off, check the oil and replace it, if necessary.

Pressure Slowly Builds

Ideally, the pressure in the air compressor should build quickly so that you can start to use it within seconds of turning it on. However, if there is a problem, such as a dirty filter, the buildup could be slow. To troubleshoot this, start by cleaning or changing out the filter. Refer to your owner's manual if you do not know the exact location for the compressor you are using.

You should also check the joints on the compressor. Over time, they can become loose, which allows for air to leak out. Tighten any joints that are loose and try to operate the compressor again. If the problem persists, check your belts. Worn or loose belts prevent the efficient operation of the compressor. If the belts are worn or loose, they will need to be repaired before using the compressor again.

Oil in the Discharged Air

Oil discharging into the air that is released from the compressor can prove to be damaging to the tools that are connected to the equipment. If you have not previously changed or cleaned your air filter, now is the time to do so.

If the oil continues to appear in the discharged air, check the piston rings. If the rings are in poor condition, replace them. Refer to your manual if you are not familiar with the rings and their location.

There is the possibility that the air compressor needs to be replaced. Consult with an air compressor dealer, like Kruman Equipment Company, to learn more about your equipment and to explore your options for a new one.