A good compressor is a valuable asset for a business. Many facilities depend upon compressors for the operation of their installation, making it important to monitor these machines closely and undertake regularly scheduled maintenance. An efficient compressor reduces energy wastage and improves performance. How do you know when a compressor needs to be replaced? When should you introduce more effective generation and control? The following are some signs that it’s time to replace your compressor. 

  • Changes in Usage Demands: As the scale of your operation changes, the demands on your compressor change. If your operation has grown since your compressor was installed, it may be time for a replacement. 
  • Decreased Efficiency: If your energy costs are rising and your compressor is less efficient, it’s time for a replacement. An appropriately sized compressor results in greater efficiency, reducing operating costs and improving profitability. 
  • Difficulty in Finding Parts: Replacement parts are often needed to keep a compressor operating efficiently. If you struggle to find parts, it’s time to replace your compressor.
  • Old Age: Though they can last up to 30 years, eventually all compressors need replacing. Consult the manufacturer’s recommendations to get an idea of the optimal lifespan of your model. If you’re nearing the end of its lifespan, consider a replacement.  
  • Frequent Breakdowns cost you time and money. Avoid forced downtime and frustration by replacing a compressor that breaks down frequently. 
  • Incompatibility With Equipment: For pneumatic tools to function properly, the air compressor they are connected to must be compatible. The pressure settings, hoses and nozzles need to allow your tools to work efficiently. Replace your compressor when you acquire new tools that aren’t compatible with your original model. 
  • Shut Offs or Pressure Drops: Reliable and continuous operation of a compressor are important. If your compressor has erratic pressure and/or shuts off unexpectedly, you may need to replace it.
  • Circuit Breaker Problems: A compressor that frequently trips the circuit breaker can be hazardous. This is a sign that the compressor is overheating and needs too much power to do the job. To prevent fires, consider a new compressor. 
  • Won’t Start: A compressor that stops powering on often needs replacement. 
  • Won’t Stop: A compressor that never stops may have a faulty pressure switch or pressure release value. If this cannot be repaired, consider a replacement compressor.
  • Odd Noises: A compressor that is rattling and/or screeching may be experiencing electrical failure, loose components and/or a distributor motor that is not fixed in place. If repairing these components does not reduce the noise, it may be time to replace your compressor. 
  • Moisture in or Around Your System: Compressor systems often have a small amount of condensation. If the condensation is excessive, the functioning and lifespan of the compressor may be compromised. Too much water introduces rust and/or contaminants. In this situation, consider replacing the compressor.
  • Lags During Use: If it feels like your compressor stutters and/or struggles to keep up, you may need a replacement. 

What would happen at your facility if your compressor(s) stopped working? Maintaining your compressor(s) is critical for consistent and efficient operations. It’s also important to know when it is time to replace your compressor system. Watch for the common signs that your compressor needs replacing. 


Need compressor maintenance? Contact Gaspro Compression Corp. Our qualified service technicians inspect and service all types of compressor units. Fully stocked service trucks mean we can handle all your maintenance needs and we offer same-day service. Need to replace a compressor?  Gaspro carries blower, single-stage sweet and sour reciprocating, rotary, hydraulic and two-stage sweet and sour reciprocating compressors. We strive to provide dependable products and prompt service to all clients. We have a focused team that takes pride in their work. Contact us to request a proposal. Call 403-443-8886 or email us at clint.praski@gaspro.ca