Get safely back to business with our COVID-19 specific resources

Digital Air Compressor Maintenance Checklists

Proactively catch air compressor problems as they arise
Mobile solution for routine air compressor maintenance checks

Get everyone on the same paperless page.
Rated 4.6/5 stars on Capterra from 76 ratings
Available on iOS, Android and Web
Get started for FREE

What is Air Compressor Maintenance?

Air compressor maintenance is the routine preventive inspection of air compressors used in different industries. Using air compressor maintenance checklists, engineers and safety officers conduct air compressor preventive maintenance on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis to ensure the reliable and optimum operation of air compressors.

Conducting air compressor maintenance consistently, however, has some challenges and failure to complete it regularly can lead to the costly operation of air compressors.

This article will briefly discuss (1) the 3 main reasons for conducting air compressor maintenance, (2) challenges to conducting compressor maintenance checks, and (3) technological solution to said challenges.

3 Reasons for Routine Air Compressor Maintenance

Air compressors vary and are used in multiple industries, but all of them need preventive maintenance checks to ensure efficient energy distribution to appropriate equipment. Here are the 3 main reasons for conducting air compressor maintenance checks:

#1. Maintain efficiency

Air compressors are expected to operate at optimum levels within the expected run time. Scheduled air compressor maintenance by engineers can help catch issues that lead to inefficiency, such as prolonged run time or lower compressor capacity caused by possible leakage from safety relief valves or suction valves.

#2. Ensure safety

Depending on the air compressor type, unchecked air compressors can have condensed water buildup which can lead to internal corrosion and cause equipment to weaken and explode unexpectedly. Overheating of air compressors can be caused by clogged components or lack of ventilation. Conducting air compressor preventive maintenance checks can help safety officers proactively catch problems to avoid compromising the safety of workers.

#3. Ensure compliance

International standards such as ISO 45001 for occupational health and safety require proof of equipment maintenance that help ensure the safety of employees. Conducting regular preventive maintenance inspections of air compressors and having proof through recordkeeping can help organizations stay compliant with international safety standards.

Digital Solution to Challenges in Conducting Air Compressor Maintenance

Preventive maintenance checks of air compressors help keep them efficient and safe to operate. Proper recordkeeping of air compressor maintenance, however, is sometimes neglected or not completed regularly. iAuditor, the world’s most powerful inspection app, is a mobile solution that can help address these challenges and more:

  1. Inspections not conducted
    Air compressor maintenance checks can be regarded as inconvenient and not given due priority because of other urgent daily tasks.
    iAuditor solution:

    • Real-time reporting feature encourages timely completion.
    • Mobile inspections are convenient to conduct anytime anywhere.
  2. Lack of scheduling

    Routine daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly maintenance checks can be forgotten.
    iAuditor solution:

    • Air compressor preventive maintenance checks can be scheduled using iAuditor and the administrator will know if a scheduled task is past due.

    • iAuditor’s scheduling feature reminds engineers and safety officers when a preventive maintenance check is due and shows the time window for completion.

  3. Overlooked issues
    Issues can stay unchecked and unreported.
    iAuditor solution:

    • Use mobile digital checklists to conduct thorough compressor checks and take photos and notes of issues found.

    • Immediately assign corrective actions to tasks with corresponding urgency and deadline.

  4. No recordkeeping
    Daily maintenance checks are filed and forgotten, if they are even logged at all.
    iAuditor solution:

    • Maintenance reports are automatically saved in cloud storage for easy recordkeeping.

    • Easily share via weblink or PDF document viewable on a mobile device or desktop.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.