An air compressor is an important tool that most vehicle owners use to be able to make maintenance easier. It puts in a storage compressed air. Then, the air becomes energy which could be used for many different purposes but mainly for tire inflation.
Using air compressor is not a rocket science. However, not everyone would know how to use it and if you are one of those who does not know how to work an air compressor, do not worry as you came to the right place as through this article, we shall discuss this extensively. So sit back, relax and read further to learn more about air compressors.
How to Use An Air Compressor The Right Way
Plug It In
Of course for your air compressor to work, the first thing you will have to do is to plug your compressor. Ensure that when you do this, your air compressor is placed in a sturdy flat area. This way it will not break down as the air compressor is heavy. Moreover, it is very important to keep in mind that before you plug in your air compressor, ensure that the power outlet switch is turned off. Also ensure that you plug your air compressor into a grounded outlet and ensure that it provides the right voltage.
Check the Oil
The second step is to check the oil. In this step, you will have to know the type of air compressor you have. If you have a piston type of air compressor, you would have to ensure that there is sufficient oil in the crankcase. To do this, you will have to remove the oil filter cap and add compressor oil up to its full mark gauge. Keep in mind to check the level of your oil every after use.
If you have a reciprocating type of air compressor, you will be able to check the oil level on the oil sight glass which could usually be found on the base. You would be able to find a dot that would tell you if the oil is enough or it is lacking.
If you have a sump tank, on the other hand, you will find the oil gauge in a rotary screw compressor. You will find the indicator at the center of the dot. If the oil is above the dot, then the oil is too much. If the oil is below the dot, then, it is a lack of oil.
Fill the Air Tank
Once you have check the oil level, you will have to ensure that the drain valve is closed. This could be done by tightening the bottom of the air tank with an adjustable wrench in clockwise direction. Turn the switch on. Ensure that you let the compressor run a few times, then, check the built-in air gauge and ensure as well that the compressor shuts off automatically whenever the air pressure reaches 100 to 115 psi.
Adjust the Air Control Valve
Once you have filled the air tank, you will have to then adjust the control level. You will have to match the maximum allowed air pressure on the air tool that you are using. Turn the air control valve until the air pressure gauge reads the correct air pressure for the tool. Cut-in then cut out. Set the pressure at its lowest. Ensure that you do not set too small difference between the cut-in and the cut-out. If you do, it could burn your compressor motor and will stop your compressor.
Connect the Air Hose
Connect the air hose to your air compressor. Ensure that the length of the hose is enough for it to be able to reach your work area. Wrap the threaded end of the air hose with two layers of tape and thread the hose onto the compressor fitting.
Connect the Pneumatic Tool
Connect the tool that you will be using on the other end of the hose and at the other end of the hose, you will see a spring loaded collar. Pull it back and put it on the air intake and push. When you wish to take off the tool, pull the collar back and pull the tool from the hose.
Drain Moisture After Use
Now, you will have to ensure that the tank is maintained and one of the things that you will have to look after is the possibility of your tank gaining moisture. You will have to drain all the moisture once in awhile. To do this, you will have to loosen and remove the drain valve found at the bottom of the tank with adjustable wrench in counterclockwise direction. Then, replace the drain valve and tighten it in a clockwise direction after all the water has been drained from the tank.
Ensure that all of your tools are well-maintained. This way, you will be able to avoid experiencing issues whenever you use it. It would also provide a much longer life for your tools as well.