To avoid unplanned shutdowns and harm to system components, your air compressor in Oman needs extra maintenance during the humid summer months. Here is how your compact air system is affected by higher summertime temperatures and what you can do to avoid serious harm.
Most of us only want to consider sunny days, beaches, barbecues, and baseball games when it’s summer in Oman. Your industrial air compressor maintenance is one thing you shouldn’t “play games” with.
Every season of the year, especially when summer is approaching, requires regular maintenance on your air compressor. Users want to make sure their air compressor is in top shape to withstand the summer heat because hot and humid weather can cause it to work harder.
Implement preventive maintenance.
Industrial air compressors require routine maintenance, whether done by your neighborhood Sullair distributor or an internal maintenance technician. A neglected compressor will exhibit signs of abandonment as the temperatures rise in the spring and summer.
Your air compressor dealer in Oman or in-house maintenance technician will need to make specific preparations as part of a prescribed maintenance plan. Among them are as follows:
Maintenance Checklist for Air Compressors in Summer
Look into the air compressor coolers:
If the ambient temperature rises, it is crucial to maintain the air compressor cooling systems in good working order. The coils in the air compressor and the heat exchanger should be cleaned. Ensure enough water is available for properly cooling water-cooled heat exchangers by inspecting the water supply for scale and dirt buildup. Make sure the cooling water supply is kept at the proper temperature. For air-cooled heat exchangers, remove any dirt accumulation, check for system clogs, and ensure the fans operate correctly.
Clean the compressor motor cabinet:
Dust and grime insulate layers on the compressor’s internal parts, making them run hot. Blow away extra dirt from the compressor cabinet, check the fan’s functionality after cleaning it, and clean or replace the filters in the electrical cabinet. The compressor’s power supply should be turned off, and lock-out/tag-out procedures should be used for safety when cleaning the electrical cabinet.
Clogged filters will make your air compressor motor work harder, producing more heat. Regularly inspecting air compressor filters and replacing them as they become clogged can keep the air flowing smoothly through your compressed air system. Include intake, cabinet, and inline air filters.
Verify the fluid circulation system to ensure that the oil is moving correctly. If varnishing is seen, use a fluid made for screw compressors to remove the varnish from the air end and coolers.
Increase the frequency of your oil checks:
In the summer, you should check the oil level in your air compressor more frequently. Check oil levels in oil-lubricated air compressors three to four times a week.
Check oil frequently for contamination and dirt:
Regularly check the oil for contamination and dirt. Change the oil when it seems dirty or as directed by your owner’s manual. This will typically be for a reciprocating air compressor every three months or every 4,000–6,000 service hours. You might find that you need to speed up this maintenance schedule during the summer in Oman.
Inspect all Compoments:
All components should be routinely inspected. Look for cracks and tears in rubber and polymer-based parts. To avoid leaks in your compressed air system and compressor issues, replace worn belts, gaskets, seals, and couplings immediately.
Conduct a leak test:
Conducting a leak test is another way to determine whether or not you have a coupling, hose, or seal issue. Leaks that are too small for human senses to pick up on or in hard-to-inspect places can be found using these tests. The plant’s compressor will work less hard and use less energy if compressed air leaks are fixed.
More frequently check the drains:
Increased drain inspections are necessary because a compressor that can handle more vaporized water will produce more liquid water. Your air compressor, air dryers, and receiver tanks will need to be emptied more frequently—possibly several times per day—if they have manual drains. Automatic drains should be checked for functionality and replaced if necessary. In addition, make sure the oil/water separator is operating properly and inspect and clean the drain filter traps. It would be a great idea to install an automated drain valve right away if you don’t already have one. The timing of the opening of electric drain valves is programmed. For the summer, you might need to modify the timing for these drain valves.
Examine your air dryers:
Make sure your air dryers are in working order. During the summer, your air dryers will be used more frequently. Check to see if your air drying system is functioning properly before it gets too hot and sticky. Clean the condenser coils on refrigerated air dryers, check the refrigerant level, and ensure the refrigerant is circulated correctly and isn’t contaminated. Replace filters, examine controls, and ensure that desiccant materials are not contaminated with oil when using desiccant air dryers.