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Air Compressor Uses And Maintenance

by Jared De Hooge

Many people who work with tools have an air compressor to help them get through their day. Air compressors can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $7,000 depending on the quality, so you want to make sure to utilize it properly and maintain it to get the most out of your tool. 

Uses for an Air Compressor

Many people utilize their air compressor for their intended purpose but then forget about its other possible uses. Don't let this happen to you! Know all of the wonderful things that you can use your air compressor for, such as:

  • Spray painting

Air compressors help complete painting jobs in a small amount of time. You simply attach the paint to the heavy duty air compressor hose, and suddenly an old bike now looks like new. 

  • Removing nuts and bolts

Nuts and bolts can be quite stubborn sometimes, especially when they have been attached for a very long time. This can be especially helpful with car repairs. 

  • Cleanup

After some work in the garage, you might notice sawdust or other debris on the floor. Use your air compressor to clean it quickly!  

Maintaining Your Air Compressor

A good air compressor is an investment. Maintaining it properly can ensure that you get the most use of your tool. Here are some simple ways to maintain your air compressor at home by yourself. 

  • Replace the air filter

Air compressors either have a air filter that pulls out or one that you unscrew to take it off. Simply remove the air filter and put a clean one in its place. It's a good idea to replace the filter every six months or more if necessary. 

  • Change the air compressor oil

First, turn on the air compressor for a couple of minutes. Next, remove the fill cap. Remove the drain plug and drain the oil. Once it's drained, replace the drain plug. Add new oil. Finally, replace the fill cap. Change the oil after every 500 -1000 hours of use. 

  • Tighten all bolts

With regular use, sometimes the bolts can become loose. Check your machine's bolts regularly and tighten them as necessary. 

  • Replace hoses

Hoses are an extremely part of the air compressor. If there's a leak or crack, your air compressor won't work effectively. Heavy duty air compressor hoses won't need to be replaced as often as regular hoses, so you might want to consider making the investment.