4 Frequently Asked Questions About Air Compressors

Air compressors are useful equipment for a variety of tasks ranging from inflating tires to powering tools and other equipment. These are some of the most commonly asked questions.

  1. How Often Should I Change the Oil?

The answer to this question depends on what type of farm and fleet air compressor you purchase. The oil should be changed after 7,000 – 8,000 hours of use for a rotary screw compressor. The oil in a reciprocating air compressor needs to be changed about once every three months. You can find information for the specific type of compressor you own in the user manual, manufacturer’s website or by contacting the dealer where you purchased it.

  1. What Is the Difference Between Stop-Start and Constant Run?

A stop-start compressor features a pressure switch that powers the equipment on and off. The majority of small gas and electric air compressors are stop-start. The motor runs all the time to turn the pump in a constant run compressor. These compressors are often used by industrial operations that use the equipment every day. 

  1. Can I Use a Generator To Power My Compressor?

Most compressors can be powered by generators but it may not be a good idea. Air compressors require a constant voltage to run properly and generators have fluctuations in power. 

  1. Can Water Damage My Compressor?

Compressor tanks are constructed from steel. Leaving water in the tank can cause the tank to rust. You may be able to resolve this issue by purchasing an air dryer.

Whether you have been using the equipment for a long time or are thinking about purchasing your first compressor, the more you know about how your equipment works, the more you will get out of using it. If you have additional questions, try contacting the manufacturer or the dealer.

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