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If you are new to the construction industry, it can be easy to be terrified of bigger, better companies. After all, since they have all of the high-tech equipment and skilled laborers, how will you compete when you bid for new jobs? Although it might seem pointless to try, you can significantly improve your own construction business by investing in the right industrial equipment. I want to teach you which pieces of equipment can make a big difference for your business, which is one of the reasons I made this site. Read here to learn how you can make your small business competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Improving Your Construction Company

Maintaining Your Air Compressor

by Douglas Watson

If you use an air compressor on the job, you know the importance in having it work properly so you can do your work without delay. Like any other appliance or piece of electronic equipment, air compressors need routine maintenance to avoid unnecessary downtime, possibly costing the business with lost sales as a result. Here are some instructions to follow to take care of your air compressor so you do not need to deal with repair at inopportune times.

Get Familiar With The Compressor

If you are new to the job or if the air compressor is new, you will want to familiarize yourself with the different parts within so you will be aware when something is not working up to par. Take the time to look over the manual that came with the unit and look at the diagrams within so you familiarize yourself with the different parts your air compressor needs to run properly. There may be a section telling you which parts need routine checks so you will know to give them added attention.

Replace Filters And Fuel

Change the air filter in your air compressor a few times a year to help it draw air without problems. When air filters become clogged with dirt and dust, the air compressor needs to work harder at pulling in air to pressurize for your tools. This can cause your air compressor to overheat, leaving you with a unit that does not work at all. If you have a gas-powered air compressor, drain the fuel once or twice a year so you can clean out the interior of the tank. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any sludge from the tank.

Tighten And Release

The nuts and bolts on your compressor will become loosened with regular use. Tighten them every week so you do not lose important pieces keeping your air compressor together. It is important to release any moisture that builds up inside your air compressor's tank. Release air pressure from the valve and wipe up any moisture that comes out along with the air. Tighten the valve again to continue using your air compressor. Do this every few weeks to keep your air compressor running efficiently.

Do Some Cleaning

Cleaning your air compressor regularly will keep the mechanisms from becoming caked with dust, sawdust, or grime that could restrict the airflow needed to make it run. This will affect the amount of air pressure the compressor gives off, making your tools ineffective at working if compromised from clogging. 

Use a shop vacuum and remove dirt from the intake vents each week to keep them from getting a dirt build-up that will be harder to remove. Clean all hoses using a mixture of water and a mild detergent. This will help you find any areas where there are cracks in the hoses so you can swap them out with new ones.

A site like http://www.compressor-pump.com will have information about different types of air compressors and what kind of repairs can be done if needed.