An air compressor is a device that converts power from a gas or diesel engine or an electric motor into energy stored in pressurized (compressed) air. One method of storing this energy is by forcing air into a storage tank, which then increases the pressure.
Why might someone need an air compressor? Portable air compressors are extremely versatile, cost-effective and easy to operate with practice. Choose from a battery-operated or corded device for personal or professional use—both are long-lasting and durable. Even better is that this type of device is an efficient alternative to using hand tools. Air compressors can help speed a job along, while taking much stress and strain off your body in the process. These devices are used in big home improvement projects that benefit from nail guns and spray-painting guns, as well as in the kinds of automotive work done in mechanic shops.
With regular maintenance and care, investing in costly replacement air compressor parts in Muscogee County, GA will be the last thing on your mind. However, there may come a time when you notice issues with your equipment. Here are some of the most common portable air compressor problems you might encounter.
Compressor will not start
An air compressor that will not start could be completely dead. First, check the battery. Most battery-operated compressors have a battery isolation switch—make sure that switch is in the “on” position. Another thing to check is whether the compressor was tripped as an automatic safety precaution.
Another situation is when the compressor will not start and does not crank. Check the safety switch. If the switch has been tripped, this could be the reason the air compressor will not start up. Is the switch not tripped? Then it’s time to check the condition of all the electrical connections.
Does your air compressor crank but not start? A diesel engine needs air compression and fuel to start, so check the fuel system first—the tank may need fuel, or you might need to replace the fuel filter. Check the speed setting. Vent low pressure or high pressure from the fuel system to remove any air.
Air compressor will not load or there’s no pressure
If this appears to be the problem, inspect the loading/inlet valve. Check whether this valve opens, and also check the control system. The loading valve is mostly opened and closed by control air. Control air comes from the regulating valve of your portable air compressor.
Engine not revving up or stops when loading
The compressor’s engine should rev up without any issue, every time. If it does rev up, check the speed setting lever—a part controlled by the speed actuator. Know that the actuator is on the same controlled air as the loading/inlet valve. When the engine stops loading, it means it doesn’t have enough power to turn the compressor element. The cause could be a dirty oil filter, dirty inlet filter or speed control failure.
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