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How Do I Maintain My Piston Air Compressor?

There are crucial reasons why you should service and maintain your compressor regularly, with the most common issues being piston failure caused by wear of components, increased friction, corrosion, reduced cooling, overheating bearings and components, clogging of air filters.

You may find that your piston compressor has low performance and higher energy result by lack of maintenance, as well as a limited operation range; all due to the piston compressor oil oxidising over time! We have carefully selected the best compressor oil air air filter for the job.


We recommend that you service your compressor every six months!

It's easy and you can do it yourself.

Check out this intuitive video below on how to service your piston air compressor:


We have put together a number of kits to help you service your piston compressor. Our compressor maintenance kits contain filter(s) and reputable AltAir Piston Oil, specifically paired to work seamlessly together.

The combined result of this kit is formulated to keep your compressor running efficiently, reducing operating temperatures, maintenance costs, and assuring clean air for optimum compressor performance. The piston compressor oil provides an anti-rust and anti-corrosion protection. The AltAir piston compressor oil provides superior resistance of the oil film minimises losses caused by friction. This improves sealing and enhances your compressor’s performance. The high demulsion level of AltAir oil allows for an efficient separation of oil from the condensate water. The high antioxidant capacity of the compressor oil ensurers that your compressor performs to its capacity consistently.

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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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