Understanding Air Compressors
This site has guides to help you understand how your air compressor and parts work, air compressor maintenance and DIY advice, and answers to common air compressor problems and questions.
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Air compressors are used for power to air tools for construction, gas-filling of cylinders, divers’ supply, the power to HVAC systems, then to pneumatic tools, filling vehicle tires and similar. For household usage, you can use it for blowing up balloons or all inflatable products you might have, pumping the vehicle’s or bicycle’s tires, cleaning crevices with air pressure, painting with an airbrush, and more. For business use, you can use it for: sanding in repair shops, painting over the vehicles, use them for pneumatic roofing nail guns, for making fake snow for entertainment, powering automotive tools, and similar.
If you are having issues with your air compressor, we have some answers and advice for common problems. This includes when your air compressor won't shut off, or start.
It is important to maintain your air compressor to keep it running in optimum condition, for safety and a long life. Besides doing precautionary steps, you will also save money and time that would usually be needed for repairs. Daily maintenance: Checking the level of the pump oil, checking for oil leaks, draining the tank water, checking for unusual sounds or noises, checking every single air leak, and inspection of belts. Weekly maintenance: Check all of the air filters, and if needed clean them, or replace them. Monthly maintenance: Do a checkup of the safety relief valve, check belts (if needed), tighten the bolts, and do a detailed check of possible leaks in the connections. Yearly maintenance: Once a year, you should service the engine or the pump.