How To Get The Most Out Of Your Air Compressor Rental

11 January 2017
 Categories: Business, Articles


Renting an air compressor can be a much cheaper alternative to buying one outright, especially if you have jobs that only require the occasional use of one. Nevertheless, you'll want to get the most out of your air compressor while it's in your possession. The following tips can help you use your air compressor effectively and efficiently.

Read the User Manual Before Getting Started

Many of the problems that commonly happen to first-time users and even some seasoned air compressor users often come from not reading the user manual. The user manual contains basic information about your air compressor, including basic controls and lubrication requirements. Since every air compressor is different, it pays to understand the basics of your particular model before you use it.

Use the Right Hoses

Using the right hoses and knowing how to use them properly can help you get the most out of your air compressor rental. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Make sure the materials your hoses are made of are suited to your particular job. Rubber hoses are a good all-purpose material for most tasks, while polyurethane offers better durability and a higher resistance to abrasions and cuts.

Look for unique features that can help make your job easier. For instance, some air compressor hoses come with a slightly tacky exterior to improve grip and prevent the hose from sliding away.

Keep your air compressor hoses off the ground. Dragging those hoses around is just asking for rips, tears, and cracks, plus it also creates a trip hazard for other workers. Whenever possible, have your hoses contained within a high-quality reel.

Also keep in mind that your hoses can lose pressure as diameter and length increases. For example, every 50 feet of hose results in a 5-psi loss in air pressure for a 1-inch diameter hose. If you need to operate your air compressor from a remote location, you may need to consider renting a more powerful compressor to compensate for the inevitable losses in air pressure.

Proper Lubrication is Always a Must

Most of the heavy duty air compressors you'll rent will be oil-lubricated. With that said, lubrication is a must for keeping these units in top shape. You should always check the oil levels and oil condition on a daily basis and in accordance with your air compressor user manual. Most oil-lubricated rotary screw air compressors require oil changes after every 7,000 to 8,000 hours of operation, while reciprocating air compressors need oil changes every 3 months. When in doubt, go by the manufacturer's recommended interval as listed in the user manual.

Combat Moisture Buildup

Throughout its use, your air compressor tank will accumulate water as it condenses out of the compressed air. There's almost to no way of getting around this—after all, moisture is practically everywhere. You'll need to drain your air compressor tank of its built-up moisture every time you use your air compressor; otherwise, you'll risk rust building up inside the tank. To make things a bit easier, you can also install a timed tank drain that automatically opens the drain valve at set intervals or whenever the compressor cycles on or off.

Keep an Eye on the Intake Vents

Without a steady, uninterrupted flow of intake air, your air compressor will steadily lose power and even overheat. If you're working in a dusty environment, regularly check your intake vents and make sure they remain clean as much as possible. You'll also need to change your air filters on a regular basis, especially in dusty and dirty environments.

When In Doubt, Contact the Rental Agency

If there's something about your air compressor you don't understand, whether it involves usage or maintenance, it's always a good idea to contact your rental agency. They'll be able to help you with any questions or concerns you have with your air compressor rental.