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Can I Perform the Maintenance on my Air Compressor Myself?

Once you’ve invested in an air compressor for your business or home you may ask yourself, “What happens if my compressor needs service? Needs a filter change? Oil change?” Our compressors are designed and built for ease of maintenance, so that maintenance tasks can be performed by the customer on a regular basis. Maintaining your air compressor can save you time, money and increase the lifespan of your unit.

The first thing to remember before performing any maintenance tasks on your compressor is to read your operator’s manual. The manual will provide helpful tips on maintaining your compressor properly and will guide you to the correct location of filters, hoses, etc. Improperly maintaining your compressor or using homemade items to repair your unit may result in a void warranty if not done correctly.

When maintaining an air compressor, preventative maintenance is important in limiting any common issues you may encounter. Some of the most common preventative maintenance practices are:

When Should I Let a Professional (an Ash Air service technician) Work on my Compressor?

While the above mentioned preventative tasks can usually be handled by the customer, some services and most repairs are better off being handled by a professional technician. Rotary screw compressors in general can be more complicated than piston compressors to maintain, especially once they reach higher hours (8,000+). The following issues should normally result in a service call for your air compressor:

The key to an efficient screw compressor is performing your own regularly scheduled preventative maintenance. The money and energy you save by performing regular maintenance tasks on your unit will pay dividends in the extended lifespan of your machine. If you run into critical issues with your machine that need to be handled by a technician, reach us to setup a service call and have your machine safely repaired.

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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!

  • Reciprocating, Screw, air compressors
  • Vacuum pumps
  • Nitrogen
  • An extensive line of air treatment components

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.

Reliability and Efficiency

With Ash Air compressors, you can count on reliability and high performance for even the most demanding applications. We focus our efforts on the following:

  • Increasing uptime
  • Reducing unexpected repairs
  • Reducing energy consumption
  • Improving the cleanliness of compressed air


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