Air Compressor Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Air compressor emergencies can be very serious, resulting in personal damage and the breakdown of equipment. It is crucial that anyone involved in the process of compressing air is trained and aware of potential dangers. If you are working in an area you are unfamiliar with while using an air compressor, then take some time to look around for potential hazards, ask the owner questions about what is in the area you will be working. When operating an air compressor, be sure to read the handbook before using it. Follow the instructions precisely as each unit can vary.

When compressing air, keep the air pressure at the manufacturer recommended level. Check the gauge regularly and ensure it is working as intended so that you do not get a false reading. When operating an industrial air compressor it is important to use a hose reel, especially if your company has multiple air tools. This helps keep the work place more organized and efficient, essentially preventing wear and tear on the hoses. Hose reels also function to prevent tripping hazards, avoid air leaks and increase the overall productivity for the staff.

Not only can air leaks present a safety hazard, but can also cost a company potentially thousands of dollars a year depending on the size and amount of leaks. Therefore, identifying them as quickly as possible is crucial. Some signs of an air leak are; hissing sounds, lack of air pressure, the gauge reading an amount that is not equal to the amount used, and/or lack of air flow.

When dealing with an air compressor malfunctions, it’s crucial to be aware of back-ups and rentals available to you. Using qualified staff or sub-contractors to conduct regular maintenance on the air compressor units, a scheduled walk through and inspection of all the involved equipment can prevent leaks, fires and help make the units more efficient. There are many different condensate management devices, including zero loss drains, timed automatic drains, and oil/water separators that can help you lengthen the service life of your air receivers and lubricants by removing condensate efficiently, and keep you in compliance with regulations regarding condensate disposal. Make sure that repair technicians are up to date on the latest aspects of repairing, rebuilding and maintaining a wide range of equipment.