6 Tips for Planning an Air Compressor’s Maintenance Budget

Costs will increase exponentially if service is neglected or forgotten.


Purchasing a new compressor is a huge investment, so it is necessary to plan for the various costs associated with operating an air compressor. One of the most important things to remember is to include annual maintenance costs as costs will increase exponentially if service is neglected or forgotten.

Below are six tips to take into consideration when planning for your compressor’s maintenance costs:

  1. Type of Compressor. Do you have an oil-free air compressor or an oil-injected air compressor. Which type matters when determining your service intervals.
  2. Installation Conditions. The environment your air compressor is installed in effects the frequency of maintenance. Does your compressor live in a hot, humid, freezing, dusty or dirty location? The more severe the environment, the greater need for maintenance.
  3. Operating Cycle. The amount of time your compressor is in use will directly affect the maintenance schedule. But remember, service intervals should be no longer than one year.
  4. Degree of Utilization. Is your compressor used frequently? Maintenance needs grow with increased usage. However, if you have backup compressors, then you can lengthen your maintenance schedule.
  5. Cooling System. While a cooling system is handled separately from your compressor maintenance, keep in mind that the type of cooling system will affect the compressor service schedule.
  6. Auxiliary Compressor Equipment. Do you have any dryers, filters, and drains? These pieces also need to be serviced and often more frequently than the compressor itself.


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