An air compressor is fairly intuitive to use if you’re accustomed to machinery and industry tools. However, there may be situations where you’re asked to use an air compressor as part of a new role or job, and your employer already expects that you have that knowledge. Thankfully, learning to use an air compressor is fairly simple. If you’re in a situation where you need to quickly learn how to use an air compressor, then we urge you to continue reading.
Step 1: Turning the air compressor on
To use any kind of power tool you’ll have to power it. Make sure that it’s plugged in correctly and that it’s getting enough power. If it’s not getting enough power, then the air compressor will essentially be useless and won’t be able to provide enough pressure for a specific task. However, high voltages can also be dangerous and may break the compressor if you’re not careful.
Do keep in mind that the air compressor should be placed on a flat surface that is able to sustain its weight. If you’re using a stationary air compressor then this typically won’t be a concern.
Step 2: Check how much oil is in the compressor
If your compressor is powered by pistons then you’ll want to ensure that there’s enough oil in the crankcase. You can add more oil by removing the filter cap, but it’s a good idea not to add too much oil because this can cause damage to other components.
Step 3: Refill the air tank if required
If the air compressor hasn’t been used for a while then there’s a good chance that the air tank is low. You may want to turn on the air compressor and let it sit until the pressure gauge reaches around 100 PSI. The air compressor should automatically shut off once it reaches this level to prevent damage to the components.
Step 4: Adjust the control level
There will be an air control valve that is used to determine how much air pressure you’ll be using with your tool. This will help you control how much air pressure is allowed into the tool or machine that you’re using. If you know exactly how much pressure it requires then we highly suggest that you set it to the required level. Otherwise, you may risk damaging the tool if you set the pressure too high.
Ideally, you’ll want to operate at the lowest amount of pressure needed for the tool or machine to function correctly. This can help you save on energy costs and will also help maintain a steady flow.
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Step 5: Attach the hose
Make sure you remember to attach the air hose that connects the air compressor and your tool. Examine the connection and make sure it is fitted securely. This will prevent pressure loss and ensures that your tool or machine works correctly. In most cases, you’ll be able to tighten a fitting by rotating it clockwise.
You should also ensure that the hose is at the correct length. Some people prefer to have a longer hose so that they can stand further away from their air compressor to reduce the amount of noise around them.
Step 6: Using your tool
Now that the hose is connected, you can attach the other end to the tool or machine that you plan to use. Different tools and machines will have different ways to attach to the other end of your hose. In most cases, there will be a small spring-loaded collar that needs to be pulled back before pushing the hose in. This will lock into place once you release the collar. If the connection isn’t tight, then it may have been attached incorrectly or there may be an incompatibility issue.
Step 7: Maintaining your air compressor
Air compressors can generate a lot of moisture, meaning it’s important to maintain it once you are finished using it. The moisture in the air tank can be drained by using a wrench to adjust the drain valve on the tank of the air compressor. Loosening it will allow the water to drain out from the tank. After it’s fully trained, you can tighten the valve again and the air compressor is ready to use once more.
Maintaining your air compressor is important to ensure it works as intended all the time. This helps to reduce the overall operating costs and ensures that you don’t need to make constant repairs which can be expensive and time-consuming.
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