How to set up an air compressor: a step-by-step guide

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How do you install an air compressor? What about all the auxiliary components? Air compressor set-up requires a lot of care. In this step-by-step guide, you’ll find out the most important steps of properly installing your compressor and environmental factors to keep in mind.

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Setting up your space

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The first thing you need to do is to set up a space that is clean and organised, and that you have all necessary equipment on hand.

A few pointers:

  • Make sure you install your air compressor on a sturdy and level floor
  • Allow plenty of space around your compressor to allow smooth airflow and facilitate air compressor maintenance
  • Keep the space well-ventilated for peak performance
  • Manage your electric cables properly to make sure they are tidy and out of the way to maintain a safe environment
  • It may seem obvious, but measure your space, hallways and doorways before deciding on a compressor to make sure it fits and that you can easily carry it in

Installing the filter, dryer and water trap

When setting up your air filter and air dryer, make sure to check them before getting to work:

  • Run the air through the filter to make sure it is dry and clean

Installing the auxiliary tank

Installing an auxiliary tank is the last and most important step of the air compressor installation process. An auxiliary tank is a dedicated air receiver  to service your air compressor, so it's essential that you have it installed correctly.

Test your machine and check for leaks

Before fully using your air compressor, start it up to test it and check for any possible malfunctions, like leaks.

A few tips:

  • Get a leak detector and check for any leaks that could impair its performance
  • Make sure that the valves, the base, and the compressor have their ground wires connected properly.
  • Check the pressure gauge and make sure it’s around the recommended pressure. The pressure will vary depending on the season and the weather.

⚠ The tips mentioned here are general guidelines of what to keep in mind when installing a screw compressor or piston compressor. It is crucial to always use certified installers to ensure your compressed air installation is compliant with local regulations, is safe to operate and that it is as energy efficient as it can be.


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