Air Compressor Oil: How to Choose the Right Type and Frequency of Replacement

Air compressors are critical tools that require proper maintenance to function smoothly. One crucial aspect of air compressor maintenance is using the right type of oil. Ensuring replacing it at the right intervals. However, choosing the right one can be challenging with so many oil types available in the market. In this article, we’ll explore the key factors to consider when selecting air compressor oil and how often to replace it.

  1. Importance of using the right oil: Air compressors use oil to lubricate their internal parts, prevent overheating, and reduce wear and tear. Using the wrong type of oil can lead to poor performance, decreased lifespan, and even damage to the unit.

  2. Types of oil: Two main types of oil are available for air compressors: regular and synthetic. Regular oil is less expensive but requires more frequent changes, while synthetic oil is more expensive but lasts longer and offers better performance in extreme temperatures.

  3. Viscosity: Viscosity refers to the thickness of the oil, measured by its weight (e.g., 20 weight, 30 weight). Choosing the right viscosity depends on the climate and operating conditions. For example, thicker oil (semi-syn 68 weights) is better for warmer climates, while thinner oil (fully-syn 46 weights) suits colder environments.

  4. Frequency of replacement: The manufacturer’s manual provides the recommended frequency of oil changes for your air compressor. But some environmental factors may affect this schedule. For example, frequent usage, extreme temperatures, and the type of compressor (reciprocating or rotary screw). It can influence how often you should change the oil. Generally, you should replace the oil at least once a year and check the levels every three months.

Choosing the right air compressor oil and replacing it at the right intervals can improve your compressor’s performance, extend its lifespan, and save you money in the long run. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and consult an expert if you’re unsure which oil type to use. For high-quality air compressors and related accessories, contact Mobile Energy Australia at (07) 3273 6803 or contact us on our website.