What Are Some Common Problems With Air Compressors?

Air compressors

Air compressors are an essential tool used in many industries with applications ranging from auto repairs to many types of manufacturing. Just like any other piece of machinery, air compressors may experience issues that jeopardise their performance. By promptly identifying and fixing these problems, you can prevent further damage to the system and ensure that your compressor operates properly. Here, Diesel Generation Australia takes you through a few of the common issues that affect air compressors and what can be done about them.

Air Leaks

Air leaks are a common problem with air compressors and can result in reduced performance and unnecessary increases in energy consumption. Air leaks can occur in various parts of the compressor, including the hoses, fittings, valves, and tank. Check the compressor for any visible signs of leaks and tighten or replace any loose or damaged components.

Low Air Pressure

An air compressor not producing enough pressure is a sign that there could be a problem with the pressure switch that controls the on/off cycle. Another possible cause is a clogged air filter. This will restrict the airflow into the compressor. Check the pressure switch and the air filter. Clean or replace them if necessary.


Air compressors can overheat if they are run for too long or if the ambient temperature is too high. Overheating can damage the compressor’s components and reduce its lifespan. To prevent overheating, make sure the compressor has adequate ventilation and avoid running it for extended periods. You can also install a thermal overload protector to shut off the compressor if it gets too hot.

Excess Noise

Like a lot of machinery, air compressors can be loud. If you notice an unusual increase in noise levels, it could signify an issue. Noisy operation can be caused by worn bearings, loose components or a damaged pump. Check the compressor for any loose or damaged parts and replace them if required.

Slow Pressure Build-up

If the compressor is taking too long to build up pressure it could mean you have a clogged air filter or a worn pump. If this happens, check the air filter and clean or replace it. You’ll know it’s time to replace the compressor pump if the problem remains after cleaning the filter.

When to Call Us

If you have an air compressor experiencing any of the above and you’re not sure what to do about it, trust us. Diesel Generation Australia has a range of quality air compressors, LED light towers and more, all offering pioneering design, high-impact technology, and durability. Our team are qualified technicians and our prices and customer service ensure the best value. 

When it comes to light towers and air compressors, Diesel Generation Australia is the first place in Tasmania to look. Call us on 1300 755 292 or fill out our contact form today to get in touch and see how we can help you!

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