The Basics Trane Screw Compressor

When it comes to cooling large spaces, the Trane name is always at the top of the list of top manufacturers anywhere in the world. The Trane screw compressor is one of the true workhorses of the Trane line and is used in everything from large retail outlets and schools to office buildings, government facilities and for all types of private industrial applications.

While a Trane screw compressor is going to be effective and efficient, ensuring you are following proper maintenance procedures on the compressor, and the other parts of the AC unit, will optimize the lifecycle of the entire system. This will also help to reduce the risk of emergency repairs and system failures, and will assist in identifying potential mechanical or system issues for early repair.

The Benefits of a Trane Screw Compressor

All screw compressors offer several advantages over the older styles of reciprocating compressors and tend to require fewer repairs and replacements even with heavy industrial and commercial work requirements.

At a basic level, the Trane screw compressor is a very simple concept. It operates by using two rotors or helical screws, depending on the size, model and output requirements, to force gases into smaller spaces to create pressure using the positive displacement principle. The rotors or screws are different in shape but mesh together to create a continuous flow of air through the compressor.

Generally, and because of the mechanism, a screw or rotary screw compressor operates very quietly while able to produce a consistent, continual pressure. This results in a continual flow of air through the system, adding to energy efficiency and helping to maintain energy costs as the variable speed drives match the system demand on a continual basis.

Oil-Injected or Oil-Free

There is also the consideration with a Trane screw compressor to select an oil-free or oil-injected compressor. Both are efficient but the oil-injected is the most common and typically slightly lower in cost, with the oil-free models most commonly used where air quality is a priority, such as in food production industries or is special types of chemical plants and applications.

A Trane screw compressor, or other types of rotary screw compressors, should be maintained on a regular basis. This includes providing lubrication to moving parts where needed, checking bearings and eliminating vibration, as well as ensuring the drive train is in alignment and tension on belts is correctly maintained for optimal performance.

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