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Why Does My Compressor Stop and Start Continuously?

You may be asking, why does my air compressor start, then stop? Allow us to take the guessing out of it. We understand your pain. We know that a compressor problem can quickly result in hours (if not days) of production downtime and loss of revenue. When your compressor continuously shuts off from on, we refer that as a short cycle. There are a few reasons that a short cycle may be happening with your compressor.

The reasons below are only for the compressors that have been working previously without issue and have no large changes have occurred in the placement or demand of the machine.

1.The number one reason for rapid cycling is inadequate air receiver capacity especially on smaller machines.

The root cause can be as simple as the air receiver being full of condensate water because it has not been emptied. 

2. Pressure switch out of adjustment: Check the switch to see if you can remedy the situation.

This part will need to be replaced and is common wear and tear on a machine.

3. You've developed a leak: If the switch isn't the issue and the machines need haven't been changed, you most likely have developed a leak.

Contact your closest service provider to help locate your air leak.

4. The machine may be undersized for the application: Understanding your businesses flow (CFM) and pressure (PSI) needs to accomplish the frequency of the job that has to be completed is the KEY to ensuring your compressor is the right size.

Please contact a service professional to ensure this isn't the current problem you are experiencing.

Get in touch with us today if you have any questions!

 

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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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