A Quick Guide to Setting Up and Installing Air Compressors

Once you’ve chosen a high-quality air compressor for your application, it’s important that the machinery is set up correctly. What’s the best location for it? What additional tools are required to maintain compressor performance? This air compressor installation guide should be taken into consideration before your machine is delivered to ensure that it runs efficiently and to help extend its service life.
6 Considerations When Installing an Air Compressor:

  1. Ventilation
    The location of indoor compressors must have good ventilation. To avoid hazards like paint
    spray filter outlets and gas or propane fumes, air must be vented outside the building. The
    ventilation system needs to be able to turn over the CFM of the entire unit. This includes the air
    compressor and dryer. The engineering data sheets for the compressor and dryer contain this
  2. Location
    When possible, we advise placing compressed air systems indoors, in a separate, dry room,
    close to your intended use. Separating the compressor from other equipment helps to regulate
    air quality, prevent overheating problems, limit the risk of injury, and lessen productivity losses
    brought on by noise. Additionally, indoor systems are not impacted by the same weather and
    moisture problems as outdoor systems are.
  3. Electrical Access
    Your compressor needs access to electricity, whether it is inside or outside. Make sure your
    compressor voltage is compliant with the socket before plugging it in for the first time to
    prevent blown fuses or fires.
  4. Clearance Around Compressor
    A minimum of three feet should be allowed on each side of all air compressor equipment. This is
    crucial for everyday free air cooling and heat exchange as well as future maintenance. Ask your
    service technician how much access room will be required above and around your specific
    model because every air compressor will be different. Later in the service cycle, they will need
    to plan for routine maintenance and the removal of the motor or airend.
  5. System Configuration
    Although each application has different requirements, we typically advise installing a wet
    receiver between the compressor and air dryer and a dry receiver after the air dryer. A moisture
    separator should also be installed on the compressor. The air dryer will require a pre-filter and
    an after-filter. The size of the receivers should be determined by the CFM of the compressors.
    Here is a typical setup diagram for an air compressor:
  6. Maintenance Plan
    Having a preventative maintenance plan in place when the machine is installed is the most
    efficient method to prevent downtime in the future. View our basic maintenance checklist to
    find out more about the maintenance that must be done and how frequently.
    Harris can assist you in making sure your compressed air equipment is installed correctly. Check out how
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