How Do I Fix Air Compressor Problems?

Problems with the air compressors in your Buxton business? Try these simple tips to get things back on track.

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For most businesses, air power is crucial to meeting production deadlines. So when the air stops flowing, production stops too. Whilst we’ll always be on hand to help repair your Buxton air compressor system fast, there are some quick, simple checks that could get you back up and running without the need for a call-out.


There’s no air coming from my air tools

We’re assuming the air compressor appears to be running normally (if it isn’t, start your investigations there). First, check the tank. If the gauge shows you have no (or low) pressure, switch the air compressor on and let it fill until it reaches cut out.

If that doesn’t work, check the air hose(s) running to your air tools. Make sure the hose isn’t caught, twisted or trapped. Then check for obvious signs of air leaks along the pipework and especially at connection points.

Next, switch air tools and see if air starts flowing. It’s easy for tools to become clogged (especially if they haven’t been used in a while).

Finally, check the regulator. The regulator controls the air pressure downstream (as opposed to the pressure within the air compressor itself). Altering the regulator can be done in a range of ways depending on air compressor type, but bear in mind if you’ve no pressure in the air compressor itself, you’ll need to resolve that issue first before considering the regulator.

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The air compressors in my Buxton business keep running hot and tripping out

Check the oil level and top it up if low. If oil levels are fine then the issue could be the type of oil you’re using, dirty or clogged oil feeds, or insufficient ventilation around the air compressors.


There’s oil in my compressed air

If your Buxton air compressor uses oil then some level of oil vapour is inevitable without effective inline filtration and oil separators. If you have filters and separators and the problem persists, check they aren’t clogged. Additionally, check that oil levels and running temperature aren’t too high, and only use the oil recommended by your air compressor engineers or manufacturer.


There’s water in my compressed air

All air compressors produce water as a natural by-product of compressing air. The trick is removing that waste from the system before it can damage the equipment or the end product.

If you haven’t already done so, fit inline filtration, desiccant or refrigerant driers, and water separators.

If all the above are in place, check that they have not become clogged and overloaded. Also check the condensate tap – you should see water dripping from it every few minutes.


There’s water in my compressed air

If the above troubleshooting tips don’t resolve the issue, our engineers can. Algar Air’s specialists have been carrying out air compressor repairs in Buxton for more than 30 years. We’d love to help you.


For help, advice, installation, servicing and repair of your Buxton air compressors, call us now on 0114 243 2347.

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