How to troubleshoot your air compressor when it breaks down

How to troubleshoot your air compressor when it breaks down

As with any tool or equipment, problems are almost inevitable when using or operating an air compressor.

If you’ve owned an air compressor for some time, chances are that you must have run into one or two problems while using the air compressor.

In this guide, I will be talking about how you can analyze, detect and solve common problems that arises when using an air compressor.

In other words, this guide will help you on how you can troubleshoot your air compressor when it breaks down.

Excessive noise from air compressor

If you notice that your compressor is making an unusually excessive noise, there might be something wrong with the compressor.

There are several reasons why your air compressor may be making this noise. First of all, you need to check the air compressor and make sure that there is no lose fittings or accessories that is making that noise.

If your compressor is using a belt drive, check and make sure that the belt drive is not loose. A loose belt drive can increase the noise produced during operation.

Check for loose bolts and nuts and tighten them as appropriate.

Another reason why your compressor might be making excessive noise is a lack of oil in the crank case. If there’s no oil in the crankcase there won’t be any lubrication, which might result in damage to the bearings, which in turn will cause the compressor to produce excessive noise.

So, check and make sure that there are no lose bearings in the crankcase, and make sure that there’s oil in the crankcase.

Insufficient pressure at point of use

The problem of insufficient pressure is one of the common problems that you may face as an air compressor user.

After connecting your hose and pneumatic tool to your air compressor, when you actuate the tool sometimes, it fails to function because the pressure in the hose is not enough to power the tool.

There are several causes for this kind of problem. This kind of problem can be cause by leaks in the hose. If there is a leak anywhere along the hose, there will be a pressure drop, and the tool might fail to function.

Another thing that can cause this is kinking of the hose. If the compressor hose kinks, it will disrupt the flow of air from the compressor tank to the tool, which will definitely prevent the tool from functioning.

A restricted air intake caused by dirt or damage of the filter element in the air compressor can also result in a loss of pressure in the air hose preventing the tool from working.

So, to solve this kind of issue, check your compressor hose and make sure that it’s in good condition. Check for leaks along the hose and seal the leak or replace the hose if it’s damaged beyond repair.

Try to straighten the hose if it kinks to allow the air to flow freely to the tool, and clean or change the air filter element if it’s dirty or damaged.

If you do all these, your tool will work properly as long as the air compressor is working and in good condition.

Those are some of the ways you can troubleshoot your air compressor and keep it working in good condition.

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