Air compressors are tools that can help you to be more productive and efficient when you're completing DIY projects around the house. However, if you've just purchased a compressor, you might not realize that there are things you can do to get it to last longer. Use these suggestions for keeping the machine in workable shape.

Do Nightly Inspections

If you're using the air compressor each day, you might think that you'll be able to see obvious tears in the hoses and tubing that will require replacements. However, it's smart to do a minor inspection every night or at the close of each day's work so you notice any problems before they become serious. You might want to keep extra tubing in your workshop just in case.

Tighten Bolts, Nuts, and Screws

Something that will need to be done often is taking the time to tighten the bolts, nuts, and screws in the compressor itself. When you use the machine, you'll notice that it vibrates; over time, various components may become loose. Tighten them up to avoid excess rattling noises and ensure the machine works properly.

Empty the Receiver Tank

When you use the compressor, you'll notice that the receiver tank fills with a bit of water. Because the tank doesn't fill completely every time you use it, it's tempting to leave it alone until it's completely full. However, it's important that you empty out the tank to avoid rusting. Be sure to use the air-release valve before draining the tank.

Do Oil Changes

If your compressor is oil based, you will have to do oil changes regularly as you do with your car or truck. To know at which point you should switch out the oil you're using, look at your owner's manual. In the future, if you get another air compressor of a different brand, don't assume that the new one requires oil changes at the same intervals as your current machine; different models and brands require oil changes at different times, and you should check the manual to always be sure.

Check Air Filters

External air enters your air compressor to get work done, so air filters are a vital component that need to be intact and doing their job. If not, dirt and debris can enter the machine, build up, and make the machine work harder or cause additional problems. Every week or so, take a look at the filters to ensure there are no holes or tears. If so, replace them right away.

With the advice here, your air compressor is sure to keep working effectively so that you can avoid replacing it or delaying your work. Consult your owner manual for more guidance.