How To Use An Air Compressor

How To Use An Air Compressor

  • 09 Nov Off
Garage Air Compressor

Learn how to use an air compressor in 8 simple steps below!


Step 1. Position Air Compressor Properly

  • Find a flat and stable area to place your air compressor on.
  • Refrain from putting the air compressor on any surface that feels uneven or flimsy.
  • Connect the power cord to a grounded electrical outlet nearby. Make sure the power is turned off.
  • Do not use the compressor in an outlet that isn’t grounded. 

Step 2. Check Oil Level

  • Manually check your air compressor’s oil level. 
  • Most piston-type portable compressors have a gauge near the motor that will give an oil level reading.
  • Remove the oil cap and add oil to the specified mark, if necessary.
  • Check the compressor instructions if oil level cannot be determined. 

Step 3. Check The Drain Valve

  • Check the drain valve which is typically located at the bottom of the air tank.
  • You’ll want the valve to be completely closed.
  • If the valve is slightly open, it can be tightened with an adjustable wrench. 

Step 4. Prepare Air Tank

  • Start by flipping the power switch to the “on” position. 
  • Let the compressor run for at least one minute.
  • Monitor the air pressure gauge and make sure the compressor switches off when the pressure capacity is reached.
  • Make note that the air pressure is measured by PSI.

Step 5. Set PSI 

  • Using the air control valve, adjust the maximum PSI of the compressor. 
  • Adjust the pressure until the recommended air pressure for a specific tool is reached.
  • Several adjustments may need to be made to achieve desired air flow. 

Step 6. Connect Air Hose

  • Begin by attaching the air hose to the air compressor. 
  • If you are unsure where to attach the air line, check the manual.
  • If required, wrap the threaded end of the hose. You may need to wrap the hose with PTFE tape, depending on the compressor model.
  • Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the hose, locking it in place. 

Step 7. Connect Desired Tool

  • Connect the tool you have been working with to the other end of the air hose.
  • Pull the protective collar back on the hose and attach it to the air intake valve located on the tool.
  • Releasing the collar will secure the connection in place.
  • You will need to pull back on the neck collar when it comes time to remove the tool.

Step 8. Remove Excess Moisture

  • Removing moisture periodically after use is a necessity.
  • Remove the drain valve at the bottom of the tank with a wrench.
  • Make sure to check the manual before removal.

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