Smooth Operation and Longer Life through Proper Fan Maintenance
Proper, routine fan maintenance is essential to the successful, long-term operation of your industrial fan. We believe proper maintenance actually starts during design and includes features, finishes, storage, installation, and operations. By having the right planning and preparation, you can minimize or even avoid costly problems.
Set your fan up for success and lower maintenance needs by making the best decisions throughout the process.
For example, space limitations can make your industrial fans difficult to access. In addition, some applications will add to the fan maintenance challenge. AirPro offers several features during the design stage to facilitate routine maintenance going forward.
Space limitations can make your industrial fans difficult to access. In addition, some applications will add to the fan maintenance challenge. AirPro offers several features during the design stage to facilitate routine maintenance going forward.
- Flush-mounted and gasketed access door into the fan housing
- Split housings for wheel and shaft removal
- Extended lubrication lines for motor and bearing ports
- Lubrication access holes in the shaft guard
- Tachometer access hole in the belt guard
- Sealed exterior seams for rust prevention
- Special finishes to accommodate gases or materials in the airstream
Meticulously careful shipping and handling is one major part of AirPro’s superb customer care. AirPro pays close attention to the delivery process and storage of the industrial fans and blowers, which can incur damage if stored improperly. Here’s how to avoid storage-related maintenance problems:
- Store your blower fan in a clean & protected area.
- Rotate the fan wheel by hand at least once a week. This will prevent the shaft from taking a set and will redistribute the bearing grease.
- If applicable, belt tensions should be released for fans to be stored for a prolonged period.
- Blower fans must be isolated from any nearby vibration which can prematurely damage the fan & motor bearings.
For more information about fan storage, check out our blog on the topic.
If you don’t perform the fan installation properly, you could run into problems. You will want to ensure that the individual installing your industrial blower has extensive experience. Here are a few things to look for in order to avoid potentially damaging problems:
- Install your blower fan on a strong surface that will support the dead weight. Reinforced concrete is the preferred fan foundation.
- Make sure the fan support is rigid in order to reduce & withstand any vibration levels.
- If high vibration levels will exist, isolate the vibrations with appropriate vibration isolators.
- Install flexible connections between the connection of the fan inlet/outlet and the ducting.
- Check all alignments to ensure they remain within the manufacturer’s tolerances.
Operations for Lower
We include an Installation, Operation, & Maintenance (IOM) Manual with every industrial blower we ship. Everything you need to know about the safe operation of your unit should be in the manual, but here are a few quick tips:
- Prior to startup, rotate the fan wheel by hand to ensure free movement of all components (when rotating wheel by hand, follow proper lockout procedures).
- Maintain proper bearing lubrication to avoid any failures.
- Regularly check the fan wheel for wear, corrosion, or material build up. Clean or replace as necessary.
Fan Maintenance Help
Knowing When to Call
If your fan seems to be performing poorly, we are always here to help! However, you can avoid making an unnecessary fan maintenance call by double-checking the cause of poor fan performance. There are two primary areas where you may find the problem and make the required adjustment without a fan maintenance call:
- Test & measure system requirements – air volume, pressure, temperature, etc. as they can change over time.
- Check for changes or mistakes in the surrounding system.
For more information on these common challenges, check out our blog Fan Not Performing? Look at the Big Picture.
We hope you’ve found this self-help information to be valuable. However, when you do need fan maintenance help, please never hesitate to contact us. We’ll be there for you!
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