How can I maximise the performance and longevity of my compressor?

Air Compressor Maintenance is Key

Maintenance is a key factor to continue the performance of your air compressor. You can also check the environment of your compressor to make sure it is good and clean. It is important that the environment does not get too hot and confines spaces have ventilation. In some cases, HVAC must be ducted into the mechanical room, where the compressor is sitting. This will ensure that the compressor does not overheat.

Filters and coolers are to be kept clean. It is important to check the air compressor regularly, following the instruction manual. Stay on top of it all from draining the moisture to servicing the machine accordingly and you will be rewarded with a efficient and reliable compressor. Anything that is neglected on the air compressor could end up requiring more maintenance in the future, so keep regular maintenance intervals and follow some maintenance tips.

Normal wear and tear can result in lower machine efficiency. Preventive maintenance guarantees optimal working conditions and preserves the life span of the equipment. A planned preventive maintenance may cause small hindrance for production, but that is nothing compared to actual downtime caused by a breakdown.

Below is a list of common maintenance tips based on the typical intervals we see for these services. Not all may apply to your compressor type, and your service intervals may be more or less frequent.

• Air Filter– Change the air filter every 1000 hours or as needed. Check weekly and clean to eliminate any dirt and fragments.
• Oil Filter – Change every 1000 hours or as desired.
• Lubricant – Check level daily. Change every 4000 to 8000 hours (depending on type) or as required. We recommend synthetic oil.
• Separator Element – Change out when the lubricant is changed.
• Belts – Check weekly for wear and tension. Adjust tension and replace belts as needed.
• Motor Bearings – Grease every 2000 hours or as needed.
• Intake Vents – Check weekly and clean as needed.

If you are unsure of your machines maintenance schedule, please reach out to the Ash Air team. Servicing your compressed air system is important because it helps prevent downtime and having decreased productivity for avoidable reasons.

Who we are and how we can help!

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.

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:

Extensive Product Line

We offer a broad array of products, from world class compressor brands, including a full range of rotary and reciprocating air compressors from ½ to 200 horsepower. We serve the compressed air needs of many industries such as the following:


In our effort to prioritise the needs of our customers, we work hard to provide solutions. We continually introduce innovative products here at Ash Air to our Kiwi customers, so our end users can rely on us to meet evolving compressed air needs.


We offer an extensive array of air compressor parts and services through our direct locations throughout New Zealand. Continued growth means our operations continue to operate on a national level.

In our effort to provide the best possible support, we offer the following remote monitoring, preventative maintenancevacuum pump services and overhaulcompressor and pipework installationshire fleet and leasing solutionsleak detection's and energy audits, and breakdown recovery and emergency air.

When considering new energy-efficient air compressors or an upgrade to more energy-efficient machinery, Ash Air can help you make the right choices for your business.

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