How to Use an Air Compressor


how to use air compressors

Do you often use an air compressor? If yes, then you are supposed to understand the importance of an air compressor. An air compressor is always working for us to make our daily tasks easier. However, using an air compressor is not a big deal for anyone.

If you already know how to use an air compressor, it is fine. If you don’t know how to use an air compressor, I suggest you stay with me till the finish. I am going to give you the steps of using an air compressor. I hope your all problems will be solved regarding using an air compressor.

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Make it plugged in

The first step of starting using an air compressor is to plug it in. Keep the air compressor in a flat area which is sturdy so that it does not break down under the weight of the air compressor. You should keep it in mind that the air compressors power outlets switch is off when you are going to plug it in. The plug is supposed to come along with the three-pronged, so you need to make sure that you are going to plug it into a grounded outlet.

Check the oil

Once the first step is done, you have to start your second step by checking the oil. Here you need to keep in your mind about the type of air compressor. If your compressor is piston-type, then you need to make sure that there is sufficient oil in the crankcase. you may remove the oil filter cap and add compressor oil to bring the level up to the full mark on the gauge. You have to check the level after each use.

Fill the air tank

After checking the oil level, make sure the drain valve is closed at the bottom of the air tank by tightening it with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise direction. Then make the switch on and let the compressor to run a few times. After that, you have to check the built-in air gauge and make sure the compressor shuts off automatically when the air pressure reaches 100 to 115 psi. The pressure capacity will vary according to the model of an air compressor.

Adjust the air control valve

After filling the air tank, your next step is to adjust the control level. For this, you have to adjust the air control valve to match the maximum allowed air pressure on the air tool that you are using. You can do this by turning the air control valve in either direction until the air pressure gauge reads the correct air pressure for the tool.

Connect the air hose

After that, connect an air hose to the compressor and also make sure that the length is sufficient to reach the work area. Now you have to wrap the threaded end of the air hose first with two layers of Teflon tape and then thread the hose onto the compression fitting. Then tighten it in an adjustable range in the clockwise direction.

Connect the pneumatic tool

Now you have to connect the tool that you are going to use on the other end of the hose. Mostly you are supposed to quickly connect fittings to accomplish this job. On the other end of the hose, you will find a spring-loaded collar. You need to pull it back and place it on the air intake part of the tool and then push. The connection will become secure once you let go of the collar. Whenever you will be going to take off the tool, you have to pull the collar back and pull the tool off the hose.

Draining or Drain moisture after use

As there is a possibility of gaining moisture on the air compressor tanks, you need to make sure that you rain all of them off periodically. You may drain the moisture from the air tank by loosening and removing the drain valve at the bottom of the tank with an adjustable wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Replace the drain valve and tighten it in a clockwise direction when all water has drained from the tank.


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