September 8, 2020
Top 5 Defects – Air Receivers
The Thurra Engineer Surveyors share their findings of the most common faults they find when inspecting air receivers.
- Defective safety valve – Air receivers are designed to operate within specific parameters. A defective safety valve can result in the over-pressurisation and the potential for significant damage to the air receiver and injury to those in its vicinity.
- High levels of condensate inside air receivers – Air receivers should be drained of water daily. Any build-up of water could cause condensate to travel down the air lines and damage technicians air tools. The compressor will operate more frequently causing the compressor and motor to overheat. All of which are expensive situations that can be easily avoided.
- Blocked blow down / drain valve – This will prevent the air receiver from being blown down daily as required. The results could be a build-up of water causing condensate to travel down the air lines and damage technicians air tools and overheating of the compressor and motor. Again, expensive situations that can be easily avoided
- High levels of emulsified oil inside the air receiver – As with high levels of condensate this potentially could be very expensive. The emulsified oil build up could also be identifying that there is excessive wear taking place within the compressor. Easily remedied if caught early.
- No clear indication of the safe working pressure marked on the air receiver – This has to be marked on the air receiver to aid the operators, service technicians and inspection engineer during the course of their duties.
Thurra’s team of experienced engineers will assess the condition of the air receivers, advising on the condition of the equipment and whether or not any remedial action is required to ensure that they continue to operate safely and effectively. A formal written report will be sent which should be kept as confirmation of the equipment’s status and if required it should be presented to your maintenance contractor.
If you require advice or help on any of the above, please speak to your Insurance Broker who will be happy to arrange a call from Thurra for technical advice, or a visit by an experienced engineer.