Air Compressor Installation Basics
You can buy the latest and greatest thing but if you don’t use it properly, it might as well be a doorstop.
The same is true of air compressors- the best units, filters, tanks and dryers won’t do you any good if you don’t install them properly. Proper installation of your air compressor system makes all the difference in the world.
The good news here is that our technicians combined with the operations and maintenance manuals supplied with every compressor system will never let you down.
There are three areas to focus on as you install your system: mechanical; electrical; and cooling and ventilation.
When you are planning your install, pull out your crystal ball. You must plan for future maintenance, repairs and even expansion of your system. Make sure your system is accessible, in a complete circle around the compressor unit and any other parts.
Drains valves position at low points allow for inspections and draining, and tanks should be piped in the incoming line low, and the discharge mounted higher.
A little forethought in the mechanical installation can prevent expensive headaches later.
The leading cause of trouble in your air compressor system will come from the cooling and ventilation- or more specifically- the lack of cooling and ventilation in your installation.
Air compressors generate a lot of heat, and you need to compensate for that and ensure that all that hot air gets ventilated out of the room.
The room where your unit lives should be cooled to somewhere between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, cool your room too low and ice can form in the discharge piping or the dryer and oil and coolant can thicken. It’s a balancing act and deserves your attention at the install.
Electrically, your compressor will have some specific needs. Check the data plates and the operation manuals to determine how much service is required to operate where you need to be. Follow your building and installation codes.
Pay attention to these three areas and proper installation of your air compressor system won’t get in the way of the exact amount of compressed air your system requires. As always, if you have a big install coming up and have questions, our technicians can handle just about anything you can throw at them.
About Air Components
Air Components & Systems is the leader in providing efficient compressed air systems, parts, and repair. With locations in Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina, we are able to assist with your compressor needs right away. Call us at (866) 413-8077.