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How To Avoid Cmomon Mistakes When Changing Air Compressor Parts

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People who purchase air compressors often make some common mistakes when repairing an air compressor with new parts. Here are a few ways to avoid these mistakes including what they are.

Not Tightening the New Part to Tools and Other Parts

It's critical that a new air compressor part be tightened properly since the slightest looseness and you could end up with a serious problem. At best, this will lower the effectiveness of the tool. At worst, it could lead to injury. This is the case for all the parts inside of the air compressor, but it also applies to where the compressor is connected to any tool that needs air to work.   

Not Doing Enough to Prevent Whipping.

Whipping can be a dangerous event in any air compressor when tools connected to it or hoses within it lose control and flail around. This type of pressure and movement can break bones. If you don't have an air fuse that's the right size, this could cause whipping by itself. This part has to be installed to the hose upstream.

Using Wrong Lubricating Oil

You have to select lubricating oil according to not just the device in itself, but for the season. For example, some sources recommend HS-19 lubricating oil for the summer, and HS-13 lubricating oil for the winter. The pressure is going to be different based on the season because warmer days mean that the air the compressor is going to be moving faster and have more energy.

This changes the required viscosity of lubricating oil in order to make it work at the best that it can. So it's important to use the right oil for the right time.

Missing Air Hose Specification

It's easy to buy an air hose that seems the same as the one that you are replacing, but looks can be deceiving. It's important that you make sure that air hoses have the same PSI (pounds per square inch) specification as the air compressor that you want.

Accounting for Changing PSI

In addition, you need to make sure that the CFM (cubic feet per minute) and PSI requirements of any tool you use are going to be compatible with your air compressor if you change any of its parts that lowers its CFM. To be on the safe side, the recommendation is that you add 50% to the specifications. So, if you have a tool that has 6 CFM with 180 PSI, you'll want to go with a compressor that has 9 CFM with 270 PSI.

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