How To Reset Gardner Air Compressor After Water Damage?

When it comes to a Gardner air compressor, many people think that resetting it can be quite difficult. However, it’s something that may need to be done, especially if it’s been exposed to flood waters due to a hurricane, storm surge, or heavy rain.

If any of these happen, you’ll need to inspect the machine for damage, and then take any steps to flush them out. However, that then means that you’ll need to reset your Gardner air compressor which is where many people may have an issue.

This is because it can be easy to do it wrong and cause some damage to your compressor. Having said that, it doesn’t need to be so difficult or damaging; if you follow a particular procedure, then you’ll be able to do it quickly and efficiently. However, there are two different types of compressors – oil and grease lubricated. These require different procedures so need to be looked at separately.

However, there are a few things you should think of before you start resetting your air compressor. Chief among these is the fact that you should never run your air compressor either dry or full or water. Furthermore, you should check all of the connections in the machine to make sure everything is in working order.

Much of the information that you’ll need to ensure that your particular air compressor is out together can be found in its user manual. This is because this can vary from brand to brand, and even by model to model, so you should always refer to a user manual when taking apart or putting together a device.

For Oil Lubricated Compressors

You should first drain the oil and look for any signs of moisture; if there are then, you’ll need to remove the oil and then look for any corrosion. If there is some corrosion, then you’ll need to clean and then you should replace the bearing before adding new oil.

After this, you should clean out any piping, strainers and heat exchangers in your compressor while ensuring that you’re not debris to be forced into the pump/ compressor during flushing.

After flushing out the compressor and allowing to dry, you should be able to put it back together to work. Having said that, you should ensure that everything is put together properly before you start it back up. This should be done by hand rotating your air compressor and ensuring that everything is locked and in place.

For Grease Lubricated Compressors

Grease lubricated compressors are somewhat similar to oil lubricated compressors, save for  the grease caps. When you begin resetting it you’ll first need to remove the grease caps before looking moisture or signs of corrosion. Should there be any signs of these, then you’ll need to completely replace the bearing. Once you have this done, you should also bearing with new grease so that it will work efficiently from the start.

Next you’ll need to follow the same steps as an oil lubricated air compressor in regards to flushing out the piping, strainers and heat exchangers. Because of that, you’ll be able to follow the same steps and still have an effective air compressor.

As we mentioned above, it’s always worth looking through your user manual when you’re taking apart and putting together your air compressor. This will ensure that you’re doing so in the right way and that they’re will be no issues when it comes to making your air compressor run effectively once it’s been put back together.

With that in mind, it can always be beneficial to keep the user manual of all of your devices in your home.

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