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Good Maintenance Practices For Rotary Screw Compressors

If your heavy construction equipment is powered by rotary screw compressors, you will need to put some time and maintenance into making sure that the machinery lasts the long haul. Otherwise, you are leaving yourself open to having it break down on you prematurely. This article explains three important steps to maintaining and repairing your rotary screw compressors, in order to avoid worst case scenarios. Read on and apply these tips to your machinery today. 

Learn To Maintain The Motor And Drive Train

Taking great care of the motor and drive train of your compressor is half the battle when it comes to making sure it runs properly. First and foremost, be certain that you are using the proper bearings and grease in your motor. Utilizing a grease that is not specifically designed for your particular compressor will cause issues due to lack of motor lubrication. Further, be certain that your ventilation ducts are not jammed or clogged, so that the motor is not backing up and dirty. In terms of the drivetrain, get an alignment periodically and make sure that the tension belt and other components are tightened and adjusted every 500 hours of use. If a belt is beginning to wear down, you should focus on replacing it, rather than repairing it.

Take Care Of Your Oil

Since your air compressor operates at high temperatures, you need to be sure that you are giving it the oil it needs to regulate those temperatures. This will also protect your screws, so that the compressor is able to operate without thermal stress. In addition to getting periodic oil changes, you should have your cartridges and filters changed in order to block out potential clog-inducing dust and dirt.

Understand How To Troubleshoot Some Common Problems

Knowing how to get around some serious, yet common issues will help you maintain and use your air compressor for years. For instance, if your system is beginning to shut down due to overheating, this could be due to using an incompatible oil, a lack of oil, clogged oil lines or bad ventilation. Further, a lack of pressure with your compressor might be due to bad inlet valves or a dirty inlet filter. Understanding these common issues will help you present them or better explain your situation to an air compressor repair contractor who can help you out.

Follow these points of advice and use them so you get the best performance possible out of your rotary screw compressor.