How to Use an Electric Air Compressor

When you find a good electric air compressor it can make all the difference to the application that you require it for. When it comes to tasks and jobs such as using a nail-gun to install trim, or to utilise a paint spray or grinder as part of a DIY project or wider, professional use, an electric air compressor makes things so much easier.

As when using any form of power equipment it is important that you understand the dangers present to you. We would always advise that you wear safety glasses when preparing and connecting an electric air compressor. We would also suggest that you wear closed toe shoed as a precaution. That way, delicate parts of your face and body are protected if there is an accident during the installation process. Also look to understand the equipment you may need to remain safe such as dust ventilation or electric drainage systems.

When beginning the process of using an electric air compressor ensure that the air compressor is first placed on a completely flat and clean surface. Check that the oil level of the pump is correct every time you use it, and when that is all correct connect the air hose to the regulator valve and to the power tool in question. At this point you are ready to start using the electric air compressor.

Make sure that the pressure switch lever is moved to the off position prior to use. Find a grounded power outlet (we would advise against using an extension cord as this is more likely to overheat with intensive use of the compressor), and connect the power cord directly into it. If you do feel like the cord is too short, a better approach than an extension cord would be to use an additional air hose instead.

On the pressure switch box, once you are ready, switch the lever to Auto On. This will begin the process of the electric air compressor to begin building up the pressure in the air tanks. Once the correct pressure level is delivered you are ready to use the compressor. During use, the pressure levels will drop, so it is important to have the lever switched to Auto On, as it will automatically increase pressure levels in the tanks when it dips below an acceptable level. The pressure should be set according to the specification of the power tool that you are applying the compressor too. The pressure regulator can be turned accordingly. Whatever level of pressure the manufacturer of the tool recommends, stick to it.

Once you have safely finished the task at hand, it is a simple process to shut down the compressor. Move the lever to the Off position, unplug the cord from the socket and disconnect the air hose from the unit. Once this has been done, you should release air through the pressure relief valve until the air has been drained from the tanks. It is advisable that the pressure gauge displays less than 10 pounds. From there, open the drain valve for each tank to drain any excess moisture. Before storing away for use another time, allow time for the electric air compressor to cool down, as it will have heated up during use.