- Faulty fan or blocked air-duct
- Old compressor oil causing pump friction and increasing temperatures
- No oil
- Very hot working environment
- Old compressor with filaments that create friction within the pump
- Operating pneumatic tools that require more psi and cfm than the compressor is able to produce
Compressors are often found humming away on construction sites or roadworks, happily powering all our pneumatic power tools and allowing us to go about our jobs unhindered. But there is one important question regarding the operation and running of the air compressor; how long should a compressor run for? Is it a good idea to turn off a compressor after extended operation to allow it to cool down? Can a compressor be damaged after operating for too long?As with any piece of machinery with moving parts there is always the opportunity of overheating, and yes, operating your air compressor for extended periods of time can cause overheating and a decrease in the lifespan of your air compressor. In fact many contractors are too familiar with their compressor shutting down automatically because of overheating. Here are some of the reasons for an overheating air compressor:
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