Water--it is essential for life, and it is a natural byproduct of compressed air. However, too much water in your rotary screw air compressor can cause some serious problems, both for the air compressor itself and for the quality of its performance. Here is a closer look at water, its relationship to your air compressor, and what you can do about it.
Why does your air compressor drip?
To put it simply, some dripping is normal. Air becomes heated as it is compressed. In order for it to be more usable when it comes out the other end, the system has condensers built in to help cool it off. As the air heats and cools, the difference in temperature causes condensation (water) to form around certain parts of the machine. In rotary screw compressors, there is a collection area that this condensation flows into. Periodically, this reservoir fills up and releases the water (causing it to drip or drain).
So, what is the problem with water?
Improper drainage and condensation in the wrong parts of the system can cause serious problems. If water is allowed to sit inside the mechanical parts of the air compressor, it can cause rust and over time, the rotors could seize up and cause expensive repairs. If water is allowed to be mixed in with the air that is being expelled, it can cause problems in the quality of the work that is being produced. In some industries, such as painting and sandblasting, dry air is essential in creating a high-quality finished product. Water can cause paint to drip and sand blasting to become muddy.
How can these problems be prevented?
While water problems can have a serious impact on the life and performance of your compressor, they are preventable. Here are three ways that you can avoid the build-up of excess condensation and rust in your rotary screw compressor.
Seeing water dripping from your air compressor is not always a bad thing. Proper drainage can extend the life of your compressor and help you to produce quality work every time. Contact Kruge-Air Inc to learn more.Share
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