Dental Compressor Care: Maintaining your dental compressor

Finding the right dental compressor for your needs is an important process, and a big expense. For this reason you’ll probably want to take particularly good care of your equipment in order to maximise its lifetime and protect your investment. So how do you take good care of your Dental Compressor

in order to get the most out of it? We explain everything you need to know…


Firstly, it’s important to remember that high quality air can only come from a compressor that is properly maintained and serviced – so it’s in your own, and your patients, interest to make sure equipment is working correctly.

Good quality air compressors are designed to provide years of trouble-free, reliable service. That being said, some components require periodic servicing and maintenance in order to optimize their performance. Just like your car, proper maintenance will minimise the chances of an unexpected breakdown – the kind of breakdowns that become expensive and force you to send patients home.

The first place to start is establishing a comprehensive service schedule. Proactive servicing at regular intervals according to manufacturer guidelines gives you the peace of mind that your valuable equipment will be taken care of.

Regular maintenance allows experienced technicians to spot problems before they become a problem, and take care of them before they become disruptive. A service should include checking for leaks in the air line system and checking the duty cycle during regular office hours. Remember, air leaks will cause the compressor to work overtime, which can shorten its lifetime.

Of course if a problem does arise between services you will be able to see or hear that something isn’t right. In this case, call your service technician straight away.

If time is a precious commodity for you, choosing a low-maintenance compressor is probably a wise idea. For example, oil-lubricated compressors must have their oil level regularly checked and changed (about once a year) – and failing to do so can completely ruin your compressor. If this is a problem for you, an oil-free compressor could be a better solution for your surgery

Similarly, a compressor that is poorly matched to your individual requirements (in terms of specification) will probably end up being overworked or functioning inefficiently. Therefore, our number 1 recommendation to avoid breakdowns and minimise maintenance costs is to carefully select your compressor in the first place.

For help choosing the right compressor for you, give our expert technicians a call!

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