Compressor Maintenance Tips


As an industrial service company, we see A LOT of compressors, both reciprocating and screw compressors.  Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re charged with the task of maintaining them:

1.  Closely monitor the viscidity of the oil.  Compressor oil will thin out over time, which leads to less lubrication ultimately bearing failure.

2.  Change compressor oil filters on a regular basis, or on pressure differential of no more than 10# or every 90 days.

3.  Take oil analysis.  Check with the oil manufacturer, because a lot of them will provide this service for free.

4.  Closely monitor discharge temperature and make sure that is does not exceed 230 degrees.

5.  An alignment test is almost always performed when a new or newly refurbished compressor is put into service.   However, if the driver is changed or the skid has been moved, you should probably take the time to run another alignment test.  It will be worth the time.


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