Diligent and routine maintenance on your oil and gas equipment is paramount to keeping it running as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible. With the purchase prices of equipment being so steep, it’s only logical to take as many precautions as possible to keep it all in excellent operating condition. Following are some tips for oil and gas equipment maintenance that will help you do exactly that:
- If your equipment does not consistently run, and must be fired up from time to time instead, be sure to check the equipment before you turn it on; this is especially true if the equipment hasn’t been used in a while. You’ll want to make sure that all the engine components appear to be in good working condition, and inspect the fuel lines and any wires and connections to make sure there is no corrosion. Check any and all bolts and ensure they are not loose; tighten them as necessary.
- Be sure that if applicable, the furnace nozzle is cleaned regularly to prevent dangerous and damaging build-up. In addition, keep in mind that air flow is crucial; your equipment will not run as efficiently as it should without proper air flow. Be sure to check for dirty air filters and replace them as often as is necessary. When professional maintenance services are needed, experts can perform everything from component repair and spare parts supply to in-field overhauls and more. Professionals can perform upgrades, repairs, and services with advanced technology and diagnostics.
- Pumps should be serviced for draining, and any furnace chimney bases that are connected to furnaces (for example) should be regularly cleaned, especially during periods of heaviest use. Any build-up of dirt, grease, and grime can increase the amount of heat generated by your oil and gas equipment. When this happens, unnecessary strain on your equipment can occur, shortening its lifespan and potentially causing permanent (and expensive) damage. Use a degreaser to clean any dirt and grease, and keep any cooling fins clean with a bristle brush.
- Don’t underestimate the value of equipment upgrade programs and maintenance programs. These programs provide much more than just peace of mind; they also help you avoid costly repairs, inconvenient down times, and the stress and upset that comes along with unexpected problems. Upgrade programs will allow you to trade in your equipment for updated or more recent models at a sharply discounted cost when compared to new equipment. Maintenance plans include preventive maintenance appointments to have professionals come and do a full inspection on all parts of your equipment, and are able to catch small issues before they become large problems.
- Secure and protect equipment with a shelter or cabinet that meets equipment specifications, local and state codes, and protection needs. Fiberglass shelters are recommended by experts for many reasons. These shelters are pound for pound stronger than steel, can be virtually maintenance-free and with an excellent shelter manufacturer and installer, they can be designed to accommodate any specifications. You can custom-engineer a shelter that is durable enough to withstand extreme temperatures, hurricane-force winds and all other types of weather, and should be able to resist damage from chemicals, water, impact, and the damaging rays of the sun. The importance of protecting and securing your oil and gas equipment should not be underestimated.
While equipment in a variety of industries is often costly and requires regular maintenance, there are many things you can do to extend the optimal performance and longevity of yours. From protecting equipment with a fiberglass shelter to keeping up with regular preventive maintenance checks, it’s important that proper care is always heeded when it comes to keeping your equipment in excellent working condition.
Shelter Works is an American-based manufacturer with over 40 years of experience in designing and manufacturing fiberglass shelters and protective solutions for critical field equipment.