If your equipment is not installed correctly, there’s a good chance it will not live up to expectations. Improper installation affects the reliability and longevity of your air compressor. This results in higher energy consumption, maintenance costs and ultimately reduces value.
One of the most important considerations is to make sure the correct voltage is delivered. If the voltage is not sufficient, your compressor will operate at a higher temperature and end up burning out the motor. It’s vital to know the operating voltage of the equipment you use, as well as the utility voltages on your property.
If you don’t know the voltage you’re pulling or operating on, it’s safest to ask a professional to avoid causing damage and costing yourself more money down the line.
Always take care to mount your compressor securely on a flat service. If the ground is bowed or uneven, it may be necessary to use shims or spacers. Avoid over-tightening fasteners, as that could distort the equipment frame. Proper mounting is key to reducing vibration, which can cause a nuisance and reduce the lifespan of your equipment.
The equipment manufacturer will provide information detailing the boundary or clearance for each individual component. If you don’t provide adequate boundary areas, the lack of airflow could cause overheating. Cramped installations also make equipment difficult to service and maintain down the line.
The piping and connections entering and exiting your compressor must be correctly sized to ensure proper functioning. Poorly sized piping is a major cause of short cycling, which damages your equipment by turning it on and off repeatedly. A good guideline to follow is to use piping which meets or exceeds the size of the air compressor’s supply connection. It’s okay if the dryer connections are a little larger.
Ambient air conditions will affect the operation of your equipment. Temperature fluctuations and particulate contamination can limit the performance of your unit. Your compressor can freeze up if the temperature dips too low, always take measures to insulate against the weather. Dispersing excess heat with a mounted wall fan will keep the temperatures more consistent.
If your compressor is ingesting contaminants, it can cause damage and foul the air. Oil analysis is one way to keep an eye on contaminants. You can reduce the risk of particulate ingestion by switching to finer air filters and remembering to replace them regularly.