November 10, 2022

How to clean your air compressor

Unfortunately, air compressors don’t stay clean forever. Whether due to humidity, dust, or other airborne particles, air compressors can become clogged, eventually compromising their function. 

When the time comes to clean your air compressor, you can do so quickly and easily with these five tips.

1. Read the manual 

If you haven’t already, reading the owner’s manual for your air compressor system is a smart move. Air compressor models can vary, and the manual can provide valuable tips for properly maintaining your model. Ultimately, following the guidelines in your compressor’s manual will help extend the system’s lifespan. 

2. Check for varnish 

Varnish is the term used for the by-products of lubricant degeneration. It develops even in systems with top-quality lubricant, and it can compromise the health of your air compressor system. So, cleaning varnish should be included in your air compressor maintenance routine. 

3. Consider your oil

Keeping a close eye on your air compressor’s oil levels, as well as its metal counts, viscosity, total acid number, and cleanliness, helps reduce varnish production and keep your air compressor cleaner for longer. Make sure that the oil levels are high enough and clean. If the oil is contaminated, change it out and consider using a top-treat cleaner, if applicable. 

4. Check your filters 

Air filters help keep your air compressor clean by collecting airborne contaminants. But, filters can become clogged, causing these contaminants to circulate throughout your compressor. Servicing your air filters ensures that they don’t clog, keeping your air compressor working at its best.  

5. Drain the tank

While your air compressor is running, the receiver tank will gather any accumulated moisture. As you clean your air compressor, make sure to drain this moisture from the tank to prevent trapped condensation that could damage the system. 

Elevated can clean your compressor or compressed air system

When DIY cleaning doesn’t do the trick or when your system is more complex, count on Elevated Industrial Solutions to provide service. We have experienced technicians who can clean your compressor and perform other general maintenance. We’re also there for emergencies – 24 x 7, 365 days a year.

Tami Matthews
Author: Tami Matthews
Tami Matthews is the Director of Marketing at Elevated Industrial Solutions. She’s spent 20+ years in marketing, focusing on writing, public relations, digital marketing, and content marketing. Before coming to Elevated in December 2020, she worked for a number of high-tech companies. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes. In her spare time, she volunteers for a number of causes including the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy working on the PTO. She also hikes with her husband and begrudging daughter.
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