Compressed air piping systems are used in any commercial or industrial facility where pneumatic systems are present. This runs the gamut from auto repair shops where air tools are common to pneumatic joints in machinery, and everything in between. However, for all their differences, compressed air piping systems all have some common issues.
One of the most important considerations here is that over time, compressed air systems develop leaks. Those leaks can be costly in a number of ways. For instance, the average leakage rate is equal to roughly 20% of a facility’s compressor output. This means that your compressor is forced to work longer and harder than it should. Operating for longer periods increases your overhead, but it also leads to additional wear and tear on the compressor itself.
Then there is the potential for reduced airflow throughout the compressed air piping system. With less available air, all tools and machines connected to the system suffer from reduced power and efficiency. Leaks can come from any number of areas, including couplings, fittings, push-to-lock fittings, and tubes. They can also come from failed or degraded O-rings, condensate traps, lubricators and regulators. Simply pinpointing the sources of leakage can be time consuming.
If your system is not working properly, and has become inefficient, repairing it is crucial. Call Select Plumbing today at 888-501-5501. We have almost three decades of experience handling commercial and industrial compressed air piping repairs, maintenance and installation in the greater Toronto area. We’ll be happy to provide a complete inspection and estimate, and then get your system back into good condition.