When purchasing a new compressor, many people tend to focus on the capabilities it provides — and for good reason. But once you’ve selected a compressor, it’s time to install it. While a lot of thought goes into compressor selection, many people don’t consider issues that could arise during installation. Below are three quick tips that will help your compressor installation go smoothly.
- Make sure your compressor has access to power.
OK, this may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a crucial component of an installation. When you’re deciding where your compressor will be housed, whether in a separate room or near your end use, it needs electricity. Depending on your system, you may have a plug-and-play compressor, or a compressor that needs special wiring. If the connection point is far away, you’ll need wires that will reach without increasing electrical resistance too much. There are other factors to consider for electricity, so make sure you work with a professional engineer to ensure your system is good to go.
- Measure your floor space and doorways.
Again, this may seem obvious, but the last thing you want is a compressor that doesn’t fit in your facility. Make sure you measure the space where you want your compressor to go and cross check it with the compressor footprint. The same goes for doorways. This is a rare occurrence, but some large compressors may not fit through narrow doorways.
- Give your compressor proper intake air and ventilation.
You’ve checked that your compressor has access to power and that it will fit in the space. You also need to make sure the compressor has adequate intake air and ventilation. Intake air can come from ambient air around the compressor or from ductwork. If the compressor is drawing air from the room it’s in, it’s vital to make sure the room is properly ventilated. Compressors generate heat, so if cooler air isn’t coming in, the compressor will draw in increasingly hot air, which can lead to overheating. If the compressor is in a small space without ventilation, negative pressure can be created, making it hard to open the door to the compressor room.
Always work with a professional when purchasing and installing a new compressor.