Air Compressor Plumbing Setup Tips

Air compressor plumbing is quite an involved plumbing job. Don’t let that stop you though. If you’re planning on tackling a plumbing job involving an air compressor, then it’s time to put your A-game to the test. You can get all the information you need about air compressor plumbing setup, from online articles to professional plumbing repair manuals. So by now you’ve got a good grasp of the important considerations to take into consideration when you’re re planning your air compressor plumbing setup project.

Now let’s take a brief look at a few plumbing tools, plumbing tips and installation ideas! Air compressor setup typically involves attaching a flexible hose to the air tank of your compressor. The hose attaches to the compressor’s intake manifold and is itself attached to a flexible hose that attaches to the drain manifold. The primary fitting to attach the flexible hose to is often called the ‘inlet valve’; if you’re not sure what this is, trust me; you’ll need it soon. If you don’t have a ‘inlet valve’ fitting on your system, then the plumbing tip I’m going to refer to below will help you obtain one.

As you can see, the setup of your air compressor involves three primary plumbing fittings: the air tank, the flexible hose, and the ‘inlet valve’. But before we proceed any further, I want to touch on a couple of ‘tricks’ that I use with my plumbing clients. Here they are!

1. Use pipe wrenches. Pipe wrenches aren’t just for carpenters. They’re also great plumbing tools for inflating plumbing pipes. Using these pliers to grasp the ends of each pipe in place, you can move the assembly back inside the house where you’ll then insert the flexible hose into the closed end. This is great because you can seal any leaks before they get too big!

2. Use shrinkable air-plugs. Air-plugs come in a variety of sizes. Some of them are meant to fit through very small holes while others are made to fit through larger ones. By using these at the appropriate size, you can ensure that the setup you’ve made is as air-tight as possible.

3. Use plumbing tips. If you’re working with a flexible piping system like the compressor, then you should always consult the manufacturer for plumbing tips. The manufacturer’s usually know a lot more about their product than you do. This article talks about two of the tips that I carry in my toolbox.

The first of the plumbing tips I want to talk about involves the use of ball valves. Ball valves (sometimes referred to as “U” shaped or “D” shaped) allow the flow of a controlled amount of hydraulic pressure through a system. If you ever set up a system like the compressor, then you probably used a ball valve. You can easily take a look at a picture of one of these balls to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

The second plumbing tip involves something that you’ve probably seen in commercial plumbing. You’ve either seen a system like this used in an air conditioning unit or in a water treatment plant. The thing is called a shut-off valve. These valves are installed inside of refrigeration lines, distribution lines and in water lines. If you ever want to learn more about plumbing for air compressors, then there’s no better place to go than “How To Plumbing Your Air Compressor.”

The third plumbing tip involves the use of a water separator in your air dryer setup. If you ever have a situation where you need to dry your hair in less than ideal conditions, then you should have a water separator installed. A water separator (also known as a “wet/dry” system) is simply a system where a pipe is placed in each of the sections of the air dryer’s duct work. These sections are then connected to a single pipe (which is the water-line) that can be shut off once the dryer has been started.

The fourth plumbing tip involves the installation of a master regulator in your air compressor setup. This is a special type of valve (much like the “R” and “L” valve types) that regulates the flow of the motor. It’s important to have the master regulator in place (as opposed to the ball valve) in order to prevent the motor from being over-stressed when the pressure decreases in your system. Over-stressing a motor can result in serious damage to your compressor and even the formation of leaks, which can cause severe damage to both the HVAC system and the air conditioning compressor itself.

The fifth plumbing tip is to always purchase air compressors from a company that specializes in plumbing and HVAC systems. Specifically, look for companies that specialize in large, industrial-grade compressors. These companies are more likely to offer you the kind of support that you need in the form of extended warranties and repair centers should an issue with your unit ever occur. You can learn more about your air compressor system by following the links below.