compressor air temperature

Most compressors are designed to operate within a specific temperature range. If the temperature of the air entering the compressor is too high, the compressor will overheat and shut down. Conversely, if the temperature is too low, the compressor will not be able to achieve optimal performance.

Here are a few ways to ensure your compressor avoids overheating and is cooling properly. 

Manage Ventilation to Avoid Recirculating Hot Air

Poor ventilation can cause your air compressor to intake air that is already hot, leading to inefficient operation and potential overheating. Ensure your compressor is installed in a well-ventilated area where hot air can be properly expelled and fresh, cooler air can be drawn in. This can be achieved by using fans, ducting, or repositioning the compressor to optimize airflow and prevent the recirculation of hot air within the room. Adding ductwork or opening a window can help direct the hot air away from the unit.

You'll also want to make sure the compressor is not located in an area where it will be exposed to direct sunlight. The compressor should also be situated so that any hot air that is produced by the compressor will be directed away from the unit.

Air Compressor Overheating? Here's a Checklist:

If your air compressor is overheating, there are a few things that you can do to try and fix the problem.

  1. Does the Compressor Have Enough Oil? Check your sight glass.
  2. Have you Blown Out or Pressure Washed Your Oil Cooler Recently? We recommend blowing your oil cooler out weekly and pressure washing it once a year.
  3. Is Your Thermal Valve Opening as the Machine Temperature Rises? You may need a new thermal valve.
  4. When is the Last Time You Changed your Air and Oil Filters? A bad oil filters restricts the flow of the oil and the compressor can't get oil where it needs it. 

If you have checked all of these things and the compressor is still overheating, it is time to call a technician. An experienced technician will be able to diagnose the problem and get your compressor up and running again.

Still Not Sure What to Do?

If you have any questions about how to keep your compressor running at its best, give us a call. We're always happy to help!