January 21, 2022

Signs your air compressor needs service

There are lots of signs your air compressor needs service — it’s dripping oil, it’s smoking, it’s noisier than usual, etc. Those are obvious. But there are times when your compressor needs service and it’s not as obvious. Here are a few:

Run-time or calendar

signs your air compressor needs service infographic

Consider run-time as part of your preventive maintenance. We recommend annually or every 2,000 hours, whichever comes first.


Extreme weather can cause big problems to your air compressor, either when it’s too hot or too cold. One tip for hot weather: try power washing your air compressor.

Plant conditions

Dirty, dusty, and other poor environmental conditions can cause issues with your air compressor. For these environments, we recommend more frequent service.

Higher costs and energy

Another good time to get service or an audit is when you notice higher-than-expected energy bills. You may even think you need a new compressor when you need to determine what’s wrong with your current setup. Easy ways to determine include an air demand analysis, leak audit, or other analysis to investigate the culprit.

Contact us for service

At Elevated Industrial Solutions, we provide maintenance and audits before your air compressor becomes an emergency. Our technicians have experience taking care of every major brand of compressor. And we service locations across the tri-state area – Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana – as well as South Carolina.

We even have 24/7 service for emergencies. (We just hope it doesn’t come to that!)

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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