How to reduce stress on air compressors

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We all want to keep our air compressor efficiency as high as possible, and part of achieving that is knowing how to reduce stress on air compressors.

In honour of National Stress Awareness Month this April, here are three of the best ways to reduce stress on air compressors, to keep them running as efficiently as possible.


Airline diameter

Your air compressor output is not the only factor that determines the pressure of your air flow – the airline diameter can also have an effect, so it’s important to choose the right size of compressed air pipeline to deliver air to your tools and other equipment.

If you’re not sure of what airline diameter you need, just ask, as we’re happy to help, but you can also see the working pressure of each size of pipeline on its individual product page on our website.

So for example, a 6mm medium-duty PVC hose might operate at 15 bar, whereas a 25mm hose is much lower at 9 bar, and a 6mm heavy-duty PVC hose runs a little higher at a working pressure of 16 bar.


Leaks, blockages and condensates

We talk a lot about leaks and condensates, but it’s important to keep efficient air flow through your compressed air pipeline if you want to achieve maximum air compressor efficiency.

Leaks mean lost air, while blockages – including pools of condensates at low points in your airline – reduce the effective diameter of the hose so the air is forced through a narrower gap.

In any of these cases, you’re at risk of losing substantial air compressor efficiency, and it’s worth fixing leaks and installing air dryers to eliminate condensation inside the pipe.


Compressed air power tools

Compressed air power tools typically come with an average air consumption listed in their details or specifications, so you know how much compressed air you need to run each tool.

If you’re running lots of compressed air power tools at the same time on the same compressed air network, make sure your air compressor is putting out enough air for them all.

Obviously if you don’t use them all at once, you only need to calculate the amount of air consumption at any one time – but if you want to be able to use more tools at once during peak times, a larger air compressor might be the answer.

We pride ourselves on being a member of the British Compressed Air Society and having distributed many air compressor brands since 1985. Talk to us for sound advice on air compressor repair and maintenance.