Don’t Let Winter Weather Damage Your Compressed Air System
Winter is nearly here and that means your compressed air system could be exposed to damage from freezing ambient temperatures.
Prevent issues which can be caused by your compressor room being too cold:
Frozen internal and external condensate lines
Condensation in electrical components
Obstructed oil flow in the air compressor
Damage to refrigeration components in dryers
Actions you can take now to avoid cold weather problems later:
1. Monitor and regulate your compressor room temperature.
Keep your compressor room above 45ºF, while also allowing for cooling air flow and/or heat removal. You may need to change the mix of cooling air flow with outside and inside cooling air. Adding a space heater for periods when the compressed air equipment is off may also be needed.
2. Check the condition of your compressor room.
Your compressor room may have drafts and need insulation. Components, such as oil water separators, tanks and drains, that are installed near or at outside facing walls, will freeze if they are subjected to low temperatures.
3. Check any condensate drain lines that run outside of your building.
You may need to heat tape the line to prevent it from freezing up. Better yet, Zorn can help you find a way to clean the condensate and run clean water to a suitable drain.
4. Check any air lines to your equipment that run outside.
Bag houses and dust collectors can freeze even if you have a refrigerated dryer. A small, properly sized desiccant style dryer at the point of use will keep these lines free of moisture and potential freeze ups.
5. Recover that heat.
Air compressors generate a significant amount of heat which can be recovered and used to lower overall energy costs. If you have a louver or fan system, remember to change to recovery position. Zorn can help you recover that heat and boost the efficiency of your system.