An air compressor is a heavy-duty equipment that’s essential in almost every industrial and commercial facility. It simplifies complex tasks and enhances the safety and security of the work environment.
Like most electrical devices, air compressors also need frequent repair and maintenance to ensure efficiency. From creating loud noises to emitting hot airs, air compressors commonly malfunction, leading you to wonder, “Why is my air compressor crashing?”
Here are some common problems you’re likely to experience with air compressors.
1. Air Compressor Failure
The most common problem with air compressors is frequent non-operation. It happens when the air compressor won’t start or won’t stop. Let’s dig deeper into the underlying causes of compressor failure.
When Air Compressor Fails to Start
When the air compressor fails to start, first check the power connections. Maybe a lost cord or disconnection power system fails to turn on the compressor. If it isn’t the case, inspect the circuit breaker connection.
Sometimes, air compressors don’t start due to the absence of adequate air pressure or oiling.
When Air Compressor Fails to Stop
The compressor stops once the tank pressure reaches the cut-off point. If it doesn’t stop, the problem lies in the pressure valve or power switch. Replacing the pressure valve or buying a new controller may fix your problem.
2. Air Compressor Leaks
If there’s a sudden drop in air pressure despite the tank’s full capacity, it indicates an air leak from the compressor. Fortunately, you can seal these leaks quickly.
To fix this, you need to hear the hissing sounds or touch the air compressor parts for potential air leaks. If you can’t find leaks through these techniques, immerse the couplers or the power switch in liquid soap. Bubbles formation tracks down the leak. Seal it.
If the air pressure doesn’t restore to normal levels, seek professional help.
3. Low Pressure or Flow Problems
Air compressors sometimes work on extremes, i.e., at both the lowest and the highest temperature out of the blue. Following may be the probable causes behind it:
- Worn or damaged pressure valve, gasket, intake valve, or piston seal
- Blocked filters that obstruct the air pressure flow
- Low settings of the pressure gauge
Repair or replace the worn-out parts to fix the air compressor.
4. Unusual Vibrations or Weird Sounds
If you hear unusual vibrations or weird sounds from an air compressor, it indicates internal malfunctions. Misaligned parts, defective crankcase, damaged pistons, or unsecured bolts cause this noise pollution.
5. Oily Discharge
An air compressor runs smoothly due to regular lubrication. An obstructed valve causes oily discharge that swells specific compressor parts or cracks them due to excessive exposure.
6. Air Compressor Releases Very Hot Emissions
When the compressor emits air that’s warmer than usual, the emissions can harm the environment and anyone who comes in contact with it. Check out whether there’s proper ventilation in the compressor area and there’s no dirt accumulation. If the problem persists, call emergency electrical services.
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