In industries where compressed air is a core component in getting the job done, checking the integrity of air compressor parts may be a common element in planned maintenance procedures.
But when you work in an industry where air compressors feel somehow secondary to your main area of business, your idea of maintenance might be little more than a cursory glance.
Writing for Fleet Owner, Darry Stuart, president of DWS Fleet Management, explains that most fleet maintenance managers he spoke to simply change the oil in their air compressors, and leave it at that.
“Most fleets use and reuse air compressors, buying a new one only when they blow up from lack of oil,” he claims.
Rather than doing this, he recommends running a thorough check on air compressor parts to test their condition – including draining the air tank and looking for signs of rust that could weaken its overall integrity.
This includes air compressors on mobile service trucks and pickups, which he says can be overlooked even when planned maintenance schedules include shop air compressors, air jacks and other such equipment.