Is your Compressed Air Piping leak free?

Compressed air system leaks are indeed a big source of energy waste. Leakage in piping systems have been shown to exhibit leaks of up to 25 percent of the total energy costs. Addressing leaks is one of the first maintenance steps a facility can take to reduce energy costs.

Your distribution system is likely to have leaks if you experience the following:

You may notice these symptoms and attribute them to poor compressor performance, but the most likely culprit is air leaks.

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How to Fix Air Leaks

Addressing air leaks is one of the first steps you can take in reducing energy costs. Most experts agree that the use of an ultrasonic acoustic detector is the best way to detect air leaks. This device recognises the high frequency hissing sounds associated with air leaks and uses a variety of visual and audio indicator to identify the leaks' location.

Addressing the leaks:

  1. Leaks occur most often at joints and connections. Stopping leaks can be as simple as tightening a connection or as complex as replacing faulty equipment such as couplings, fittings, pipe sections, hoses, drains and traps.
  2. In many cases, leaks are caused by bad or improperly applied thread sealant, which can be fixed by properly installing equipment with the appropriate thread sealant.
  3. Another source of leaks can come from non-operating equipment. Equipment that's no longer is use should be isolated with a valve in the distribution system.
  4. Lowering the demand air pressure of the compressed air system can also reduce leaks. The lower the pressure differential across an orifice or leak, the lower the rate of flow, which equals a decreased leakage rate. 

Once leaks have been repaired, the compressor control system should be re-evaluated to realise the total savings potential.

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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!

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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:

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  • Reducing energy consumption
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