How to Use a Portable Air Compressor

How to Use a Portable Air Compressor

A portable air compressor makes a difference in this modern period as it can handle different situations. It can be used to fill a gas cylinder, inflate tires and football, power up HVAC control systems as well as pneumatic tools like jackhammers, wrenches, paint sprayers, sanders, grinders and more.

It’s conspicuous everywhere. You won’t only see it used at construction sites, manufacturing plants, and gas stations.

It becomes a trend due to its versatility. So it’s present in the garage, basement, and workshops at home. 

Filling up your tires with air and topping up the power of your drills, spray guns, or nail guns can be done with a portable air compressor. There’s no need to get someone to do those things for you as you can manage by yourself. 

Inflating your car’s tire won’t need the service of the auto repair shop. You can save money if you know how to use a portable air compressor. The following things will guide you.

Plugging in the Portable Air Compressor

1. You have to put the compressor in an area that is even and firm.

2. The power button should be switched off first.

3. You have to plug the power cord with care into the grounded electrical socket.

4. You can adjust the pressure gauge once the equipment is on. You should base it according to the job that needs to be done.

5. The air will start to enter the tank. Use the hose once the tank is filled with the required amount of air for your DIY project. 

Ways to Check the Oil 

You can check the level of the oil by peering into the sight gauge, which is located at the bottom part of the compressor motor. 

Extract the oil filler cap first if there’s a need to add more oil to reach the full mark. It’s necessary to check the oil level after you use the air compressor.

Filling the Air Tank

1. Use a flexible wrench to tighten the drain valve. The wrench should move in a clockwise direction. It is done to close the bottom of the tank. 

2. You can turn on the switch and let the air compressor run for a few minutes.

3. Examine the built-in gauge. Make sure that the compressor automatically shuts down when it reaches 100 to 115 PSI air pressure. 

4. When you don’t need to use the air compressor as your project is done, turn off the pressure gauge. You can completely shut down the compressor.

5. Don’t unplug the compressor from the power outlet if you haven’t turned off the pressure gauge. It’s the safest way to turn the equipment off.

Adjustment of the Air Control Valve

1. To have the highest possible air pressure on the air tool required by your task, alter the air control valve to match it. 

2. You can turn the valve in any direction until there’s an indication that there’s the appropriate air pressure in the tool. The air pressure gauge will tell you so.

3. You can increase the amount of airflow that goes into the hose by twisting it counterclockwise. This step will enable you to adjust the pressure regulator to keep up with the tool’s PSI.

4. You can find the smaller pressure gauge found on the hose. This gauge will show you if there’s enough pressure that can meet your needs. 

Connecting the Air Hose

The hose that connects to the air compressor should be long enough to reach your working area. You can use two layers of Teflon tape to wrap the air hose’s threaded end.

Draw and thread the hose onto the fitting of the air compressor. It is near the air pressure gauge. 

You can tighten it in a clockwise direction using a flexible wrench. There are quick-connect hose fittings in some compressors, and they can be used to connect it with the air tank.

Connecting Air Pressure to Pneumatic Tool

1. You can utilize a quick-fitting tool to connect the air tool to the air hose’s other end. 

2. Then, you can pull back the hose’s spring-loaded collar. Push it tightly for the air tool to get air properly.

3. When you need to disconnect the tool, pull the tool off the hose while you have your hand pulling back the collar.

Draining Moisture on Air Compressor After Use

1. You can drain the pressure by turning off the air compressor. Don’t remove the hose until it’s turned off.

2. Twist the pressure regulator knob to cut the air supply. You can find it near the part where the hose is.

Turn off the compressor and give it time for all the pressure to be released.

3. To drain the pressure quickly, pull the pressure relief valve.

Tips When Using Air Compressor

Staying safe and making the most of the function of an air compressor can be observed when you follow these tips. 

1. A compressor can be full quickly when it has higher ratings. There’s less recharge time within tool uses.

2. Large compressors are ideal for extensive tools like paint sprayers. They can hold more air.

3. Small compressors should be fed by oil. But they wear off faster than oil-filled compressors.

4. It’s helpful if you know the exact pressure needed by your tool as there are differences.

5. The air compressor should be dry when you store it to prevent erosion and damage. 

Be Watchful

1. Don’t use higher pressure than the required amount of the tools. You better read the pressure guidelines before using the tool.

2. Check and prepare your air compressor before using it. You should do it whichever type of air compressor you own. 

Once it’s ready, you can push the power button.

3. You should wear safety gear before operating the compressor. 

4. You must drain all the air from the compressor before you keep it.

5. Extension cords can cause overheating, and it may lead to severe fire. Just use them whenever your tool is out of reach.

6. Each model has different structural and functional design. Operating a certain model will be in a distinct way. 

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