Air Compressor Part
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Over time, air compressor parts may need to be replaced. While some high-end air compressors offer increased efficiency the more they're used, all mechanical and working parts will eventually show signs of wear. It is important to properly maintain your air compressor, or it will not be able to get the job done when you need it most. To keep your air compressor running well, you should know about the major parts that make it work and how to recognize signs that they may need replacement.
Major Air Compressor Parts
The main components of a regular or onboard air compressor include:
- The gauge. The role of the air compressor gauge is to measure the pounds per square inch (p.s.i.) rating of the compressed air. It's important that you use compressed air of the proper p.s.i. rating for specific applications, or you will risk damaging your tools or equipment.
- The tank. An air compressor tank is where compressed air is stored until it's ready for use. Tanks are typically topped with nozzles, which you can use to release pressurized air as needed.
- The filter. Air compressor filters eliminate impurities and byproducts that are created as a result of the pressurizing process.
- The hose. Air compressor hoses can be used to connect tanks and nozzles, giving you the ability to reach into cramped corners and tight spaces.
- The pump. The role of the air compressor pump is to physically move the pressurized air from the tank through the dispensing unit.
Air compressor wiring configurations vary depending on whether you're using an electrical or gas-powered model. However, if the power or fuel source is fully operational and you're not able to produce compressed air, the wiring may be faulty – the system may not recognize the energy input, and damaged wiring will not be able to conduct energy to the main tank efficiently enough.
Replacing Air Compressor Parts
If your air compressor is not performing properly, it's not always easy to pinpoint the reason. However, there are specific characteristics of problems with specific parts.
Faulty gauges will waver, failing to stay in a single position, or they will not respond at all. If you're finding that the tank mysteriously empties, chances are it has a leak (though this could be a symptom of a faulty hose, tank, pump or nozzle as well). Sometimes, compressed air will be generated properly, but you will be unable to control its output or even use it at all – this signals a problem with the hose or nozzle.
If your air compressor is not working correctly and you're unable to diagnose the problem yourself, bring it in to a repair center. Buying replacement parts is far less expensive than getting a new air compressor, so be sure to have the problem assessed and get an estimate for its repair.