If you have a pond aeration system running and you haven’t given it any attention yet this year, now is the time to service the unit.
Aeration systems are fairly simple, but they do require some fairly regular service if you expect them to perform. Summer is a season with high pollen counts and lots of dust from many sources such as lawn mowing, and that creates a huge maintenance need. Pollen and dust clog air filters, reducing performance and placing unnecessary strain on air compressor units.
I recommend checking and servicing the air filters on your pond aeration compressor at least quarterly, and preferably monthly to keep the system running efficiently.
Air filter checks are usually pretty easy. Simply open the cabinet that houses the compressor and then unplug the compressor. Most filter systems have a removable filter element contained in a filter housing. Open the housing and inspect the element, most of them are easily removed and can be cleaned by blowing them off with pressurize air from an air compressor. You should also inspect the filter element for holes or tears before you put it back. Filter elements should also be completely replaced at least once per year, and more often if your compressor is located in a particularly dusty area.
We stock a number of the most common filter elements for pond and lake aeration systems, as well as complete filter units if you need a total replacement. If you need some technical help, don’t be afraid to give us a call, we are happy to help you over the phone. If you are in Michigan and don’t have time to take care of your filters, give us a call at (877) 389-2514 and we can arrange a full service and tune-up for your aeration system by one of our technicians.
Remember, clean filters extend the life of the compressor and allow more air to get to the pond to do the important job of keeping your pond properly aerated.