What the Cold Season Means for Air Compressors
October 08, 2019

Industrial air compressors are well known for their hardiness and durability. However, with the harsh Ontario winter fast approaching, even the toughest workhorses of your factory will be impacted. With that said, this is nothing that cannot be addressed through diligent maintenance and care for your air compressor.

In today’s blog, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how the cold season affects industrial air compressors.

1. Condensate water can freeze above freezing temperatures.

Normally, the temperature concern with industrial air compressors is that they may overheat. However, during winter there is an added concern that condensate generated from your air compressor can gather around sensitive areas of the machine and freeze, leading to problems. This can happen in vent holes, air filters, and also in the pipes connected to your air compressor, which can lead to blocked drainage.

2. Oil can thicken.  

Oil is still a liquid, which means its consistency is still very much vulnerable to the changes of the weather. Thickened oil as a result of decreased temperatures will have trouble flowing properly and lubricating every part of the machine, thus causing the machine to strain more. This can cause an increase in operational costs as well as speed up wear and tear to the air compressor system.

3. Excess moisture will cause rust.

With the combination of the air compressor’s generated heat and the change towards lower temperatures, it will be a lot harder for you to regulate temperature and moisture control. A buildup of moisture will lead to corrosion of sensitive parts and components, which may not be salvageable with maintenance alone if the problem persists over time.  

Save yourself the extra costs and headache of replacing parts and industrial air compressors by undertaking a diligent maintenance routine during the colder months. Furthermore, you can effectively winterize your air compressor system by regulating ambient temperature of the air compressor room and utilizing various insulation methods.

Do keep an eye out on your industrial air compressors during the colder months, and call Reap Air Compressor Services as soon as you notice something amiss!

Always gotta brace for the winter!
Posted by: Joseph | October 15, 2019, 10:30 am
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