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  • Peg Minichiello

Is It Time to Overhaul Your Air Compressor?

How do you know when it’s time to overhaul your air compressor? Are there certain signs you look out for? If you’re not sure when it’s time, we’ve gathered some information to help you decide when your machine needs to be rebuilt or remanufactured. Hopefully, these tips will make the decision easier.

Signs That It’s Time

When it comes to your air compressor, it's important to keep a look out for any complications that may arise or future failures that could occur. Knowing that it’s time to overhaul your machine can save you money in the long run and keep your plant running at its optimum levels.

Ways to keep a lookout for potential air compressor issues are:

  • Routinely checking fluids

  • Taking oil samples

  • Checking for baring vibration

  • Noting abnormal temperature increases

  • Finding metal contamination in oil

Proper maintenance and routine checks are the best ways to guarantee that you’ll know when you need to overhaul your compressor.

Your Two Overhaul Options


Rebuilding your air compressor is often done on your premises where your device is already installed. You can either get new parts from manufacturers or you can do a non OEM rebuild and use refurbished parts. Once the machine is rebuilt, several tests are done to ensure it’s working optimally:

  • Testing discharge pressure

  • Checking vibration levels

  • Ensuring there are no oil leaks


A remanufactured air compressor is sent back to the original equipment manufacturer’s facilities to be overhauled. Because the manufacturer has the original designs of the machine, they can rebuild it to fit its factory specifications. It can also be upgraded with in house parts that are of the best quality. This will often include replacing the following parts:

  • Bearings

  • Seals

  • Gaskets

  • Pumps

Manufacturers may even improve your machine with new, updated equipment.

What About Cost?

Often overhauling can be a bit pricy so it’s important to consider all of the costs. Researching which overhaulers offer the most reasonable prices should be your first step.

Although it’s necessary to find an overhauler that’s cost effective, you want to guarantee that they’ll maintain a high quality and standard. At the same time, rebuilding can also be cheaper than remanufacturing.

Where Can You Find A Decent Overhauler?

At CDA, our team is highly qualified and we can provide a service program to meet your company’s needs. Whether you need overhauling for an affordable price or emergency maintenance services, we’re here to help you. We’ll help you make the best decision for your company. Contact us on: 925.667.3400/ for all you overhauling needs.

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