Compressed Air System Leaks: The Cost, Common Culprits, Detection and Repair

The U.S. Department of Energy, supported by countless system audits, estimates that 25% of compressed air is lost to leaks—resulting in unnecessarily high operating costs. In many plants the leak losses are much higher. This paper discusses how many companies are losing thousands of dollars each year to compressed air system leaks as well as addresses where leaks commonly occur, leak detection methods, and practical advice for an audit and repair plan. It further explains why an ongoing leak detection and repair program can be one of the most cost-effective measures a company can use to benefit its bottom line.