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How do I Protect my Air Compressor From Leaks?

Establishing a Leak Prevention Plan

Air compressor leaks can be a substantial source of wasted energy in any system, sometimes wasting 20-30% of a compressor's production. Worst of all, a poorly maintained compressor can have a leak rate expected to equal 20% of total compressed air production capacity. A compressor leak produces a drop in the systems pressure, which causes tools to operate less efficiently, run longer, and shortens the life span of that tool. Increased run-time adds more strain to the system and can lead to additional maintenance and unscheduled downtime.

Let's Make A Plan

A leak repair program is critical in maintaining the efficiency, reliability and cost effectiveness of any compressed air system. Below are a few steps to implement a program in your shop.

1. Leak Identifications: Your operation should establish a program to find and reduce leaks. This can be as simple as walking the facility during a non-production period and addressing the audible leaks, using a solution of soap and water to visibly identify leaks, or by using an ultrasonic leak detector to more accurately identify the source of an air leak and to detect the inaudible leaks.

2. Seek, tag & repair the leak: Now that you've located the leaks and "tagged" them, schedule them to be repaired. Once repaired, make sure you run an audit to ensure the leak has been patched and operations are running efficiently. Documented leak repair program is insightful on finding root causes of leakages, and where leaks occur frequently and which component fails fast.

3. Employee Education: One method of reducing air leaks or inappropriate uses of compressed air is employee education. Educate your employees about how much a leak can cost the company. Some facilities have even adopted programs rewarding employees for reporting air leaks or reducing compressed air demand for their departments.  Air leaks and inefficient compressed air uses will continue to develop so it is important to recognize they should also be addressed regularly. A leak prevention program should be part of an overall program aimed at improving the performance of compressed air systems.


Who we are and how Ash Air can help your business!

Ash Air has been around in New Zealand since 1979, and we’ve grown into a nationwide company with international support and a reputation for quality and reliability.We look after all things compressed air for your business!

Ash Air's range of Chicago Pneumatic, Alup, Pneumatech, and Quincy compressors are used extensively around the world in industries ranging from oil and gas to food, automotive and farming, and we bring you these world class compressors here in the land of the long white cloud.Our technicians are compressed air equipment experts and are dedicated to addressing customer needs. Supported by a 13 locations nationwide, Ash Air offers one of the widest selections of compressed air equipment and parts available today in New Zealand.

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