5 Essential Steps for a Successful Air Compressor Installation

If air compressor installation is on your to-do list, it’s crucial to understand the secrets to installing an air compressor. Following a few key steps will prevent damage to the unit and personal injury. It will also improve air compressor performance and help extend the lifespan of the unit.

For your next air compressor installation, use the following tips. For more information on installing an air compressor, don’t hesitate to contact your local experts at Wenniger Compressor Co.

Choose the best location

As you consider a location for your ELGi air compressor installation, ask yourself a few questions: Will there be enough room around the unit for operation and maintenance? Is the surface level? Can the area withstand the load as well as the equipment you’ll use to move it? The answers to these questions should guide your placement of the compressor.

It’s also important to keep environmental conditions in mind. The compressor should be protected from the elements and from any corrosive agents. Over time, exposure to rain, sun, heat or chemicals can erode components, contaminate the filters and damage the compressor.

Provide ample ventilation

When installing an air compressor, you must consider ventilation and cooling. When the compressor is in operation, electricity is transformed into heat. This heat dissipates into the surrounding area, and there must be appropriate space for cooling and ventilation.

To provide ample ventilation, you can use natural ventilation or forced ventilation. If there is not enough natural ventilation, an exhaust fan can provide the ventilation needed.

Supply appropriate voltage

Check your ELGi compressor to confirm what voltage is required for operation. Make sure the electrical service voltage matches this requirement before installing an air compressor. It is also essential to make sure the compressor is properly grounded. Lastly, make sure an appropriately-sized fuse or circuit breaker is installed for use with the air compressor.

Store air appropriately

Air compressor installation includes the use of an air receiver tank. You must select the right air receiver to meet the demands of the air compressor. The tank will act as a reservoir of compressed air and help remove water from the system. It also minimizes pulsation. Make sure the air tank has a pressure relief valve and a pressure gauge. The tank should also feature a drain to remove water from the air compression system.

Use the right pipes

For sufficient flow and steady pressure, you must use the right-sized pipework. The discharging piping must be the same size or larger than the compressor discharge outlet. If you choose the wrong piping materials or size, the flow of the air compressor will be restricted and the pressure will drop. Try to avoid pipe bends as well, as these can cause pressure drops.

Get more tips

For more information on ELGi compressors and tips for air compressor installation, contact the team at Wenniger Compressor Co. We’ve been the area’s go-to source for air compressors since 1932. Our licensed technicians can help you make the best decisions for optimal installation and operation of your air compressor.

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