Problems Associated With Compressor Short Cycling

It is a fact that some industrial compressors tend to face a much higher risk of short cycling and less efficient operation. This is usually considered a common problem since it can cause severe damage to the machine’s component parts. Short cycling may be a result of defective seals or poor electrical connections or fan belts. It also occurs when the machine is operating at a certain speed or with the wrong lubrication. Aside from all these, there are a lot of causes of short cycling in a machine.

No matter what the reason may be, an effective way to prevent it is to replace any damaged or worn out components and seal around the motor unit’s, especially the compressor. By doing so, the affected part will have time to settle back in and the lubrication around the casing will function properly. A defective bearing might also cause short cycling. Bearing replacements should be done whenever you feel that it is worn out or starting to lose its effectiveness. Lubricating the bearings can also eliminate or reduce short cycling. Regular lubrication of bearings are especially essential for motors.

Other less obvious but still important reasons for compressor short cycling are improper coolant levels and contaminating rust deposits on the metal parts. Tightening screws or bolts while the engine is running can also cause compressor short cycling. However, it is advisable to reduce the risk of this problem by checking that all screws are tightened and that there are no signs of rust accumulation. Also, check whether the alternator is correctly mounted.