Air Compressor Moisture Trouble

Moisture.  Wherever it seeps into your system, it’s the enemy- but what does it mean if, in spite of your best efforts, you are still seeing condensation downstream from your air compressor?

Simply put, water downstream means trouble upstream. For starters, you may be asking too much of your air compressor. Make sure your current equipment is scaled properly for the amount of compressed air you use. Particularly, if your system is working hard and running hot, moisture can be produced.

Check and clean our downstream dryers and drain valves to make sure they’re working correctly.

Finally- there may just be something wrong upstream, and it’s time to get your compressor checked out.

Moisture in your facility can really cause problems with your equipment, so it’s critical that you police this as quickly as you can. It can cause your seals to swell and fail, resulting in leaks- and it can also dilute your equipment’s lubricant causing excessive wear on your gear.  That could cost you in the long run.

If moisture in your system is on on-going problem you can consider adding a refrigerant or dessicant dryer, or a coalescing filter (before and after the dryer) upstream.  This can remove the remaining moisture.

Pay attention, as well, to where you are drawing your air from. Taking outside, fresh air into your compressor means your unit isn’t recirculating its own hot air.  The cooler the air the compressor takes in, the less moisture will be created by the compressor.

We discuss the damage water in your system can cause quite a bit because it’s nothing to take lightly.

If you think you have a problem with water anywhere in your facility do not hesitate to give us a call. Our experts can sniff out a water source in no time at all and our expertise can save you money and heartache.

About Jake Niedling

Jake Niedling

Jake has worked in industrial sales for several years and understands the needs of the customers in this industry. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Agriculture Economics and Business. Contact Jake at