Leak Detection Survey

energy-saving-logoLeaks are a significant source of wasted energy in a compressed air system, often wasting as much as 30% of the compressors output. Compressed air leaks can also contribute to problems with system operations, which include:

  • Fluctuating system pressure, which can cause air tools and other air-operated equipment to function less efficiently, possibly affecting production.
  • Excessive compressor capacity, resulting in higher than necessary costs
  • Decreased service life and increased maintenance of supply equipment (including the compressor package) due to unnecessary cycling and increased run time.

Although leaks can occur in any part of the system, the most common problem areas for leakage are; couplings, hoses, tubes, pipe joints, quick disconnects, FRL’s (filter, regulators and lubricators), condensate traps, valves, flanges, packing, thread sealant, and point of use devices. The leakage rates are a function of the supply pressure in an uncontrolled system and increase with higher pressures.

Leakage rates are also proportional to the square of the orifice diameter.

A 3mm leak will cost approximately £1,000 a year* in wasted energy.

*Based on 8p/kWh tariff.

For more information on how Compressed Air Solutions can help you save on wasted energy and money please contact us on 01455 202 603 or email us on sales@compressedairsolutions.co.uk.