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Frequently Asked Questions about Air Compressors

Are you looking for some help or clarifications for your Industrial Air Compressors? Check out Industrial Air Compressor Singapore list of comprehensive Frequently Asked Questions about Air Compressors (Common questions we get asked about air compressors with our replies) below.

What types of air receivers need to be registered with MOM?

Industrial Air Compressors Singapore What types of air receivers or need to be registered with MOM? According to the WSH Act, the following air receivers must be registered: Any vessel (other than a ...

How Do I Drain the Water From My Tank?

You can drain your tank water manually or purchase an automatic drain valve to remove the water automatically. “I often times forget to drain the water from my tank, is there something that ...

Air Compressor Safety Tips

Air Compressor Safety Tips from Air Compressor Singapore What are Some Air Compressor Safety Tips to Watch For? One of the most important Air Compressor Safety Tip and an often overlooked one is ...

What is the difference between a Rotary Screw Compressor and a Reciprocating Compressors?

A rotary screw compressor is one that utilizes two intermeshing helical rotors to trap a volume of air, then compress it to a higher pressure. Rotary screw compressors can be run at lower ...

How Often Do I Need to Replace My Air Intake Filter?

Air compressors with air intake filters need to be cleaned weekly. If your filter has built up so much debris that you can’t get it completely clean, or the filter is torn, you should replace it ...

What happens if there is water in my lines?

Generally this is caused by two problems – either a failed condensate trap or a failed or undersized air compressor dryer. To solve the first problem, you will need to either clean the water ...

How often should we change the oil?

In a rotary screw compressor, oil should be changed about every 7000-8000 hours. This depends on the type of compressor you purchase. For a Reciprocating air compressor, generally you would change ...

How Often Do I Need to Change the Oil in My Air Compressor?

If you have a lubricated reciprocating, rotary screw or rotary vane air compressor, you’ll need to change the oil from time to time to keep it working properly. The recommended schedule is generally ...

What is the Suitable voltage for Air Compressor?

It depends on the size of Air Compressor. Most Homeowner sized small compressors are built to run on a single 110V Outlet. As you get into larger models, many compressors offer the choice between ...

What Is the Correct Voltage for My Air Compressor?

Usually, 110 volts is sufficient for a small compressor. Larger compressors may take as much as 460 volts. ...

Do I Need an Air Dryer in Addition to My Air Compressor?

It’s often a good value for you to add an air dryer to your air compressor system, as your air compressor can put a great deal of water into the compressed air system. Your air dryer could ...

What Does an Air Compressor Do?

Air compressors provide compressed air for applications such as filling gas cylinders with high-pressure clean air, providing pressurized clean air for operating pneumatic HVAC systems or tools, ...

When should I replace the air intake filter?

If your compressor has an Air Intake Filter, it should be cleaned on a weekly basis (assuming you are using the compressor about 3 days a week). When the filter starts to develop debris that is ...

Do I Need a Reciprocating Compressor or a Rotary Screw Compressor?

For most applications, a reciprocating compressor is sufficient. If you need a compressor that runs continuously day and night, you need a rotary screw compressor. ...

Air Compressor Maintenance

Importance of Air Compressor Maintenance Are you the new proud owner of an Air Compressor? Air compressor owners often forget the old saying that prevention is always better than cure. How many Air ...

Can Air Compressor run on Generators?

The compressor should be able to run given the proper requirements, however we recommend not using a compressor with a generator. Generators have fluctuations in power, and because a compressor ...

How Does an Air Compressor Work?

An air compressor works by using electric power to create pressurized air that can then be released and converted to usable power for use in a number of applications, depending on your specific. ...

How much air will I need to power my air compressor tool?

Generally, most air tools will take around 70-100 PSI, and will consume less than 10 CFM, however consult the manual or manufacturer of your tool for exact air requirements. ...

How Do I Control Contaminants in My Compressed Air System?

It’s important to have an effective air filtration system to keep your compressed air clean. The Titus Company can provide you with all the air filters you need to help keep your compressed air. ...

What Is the Right Type of Hose for My Air Compressor?

This will depend on the type of compressor that you have. The two most common sizes are 1/4″ and 3/8″. It depends on the air compressor, but typically, they take a 1/4” or 3/8” hose. ...

What happens when water stays in my compressor?

Compressor tanks are made of steel, which means if water is left in the tank, rust will start to accrue. Depending on the severity, contact your local service center about the best way to eliminate ...

Best Maximum hose length for use with my Air Compressor?

This will also depend on the size of compressor and CFM required. The Maximum hose length is one of the most open ended questions related to air compressors. For a small homeowner unit, it would be ...

How often until a new compressor is ‘broken in’?

Air Compressors do not need to be broken in. Check for any leaks or malfunctions during the first start-up, but after that you should be ready to go. ...

How often should I service my Air Compressor?

This answer depends on how often you run your compressor. If you are running your compressor occasionally, then annual service would be fine. If you are running your compressor routinely, then ...

What is a good tank size for Air Compressors?

The tank size you will use will depend on the amount of air that you need stored. A benefit to a larger tanked air compressors is that the motor will not start and stop as often as a smaller tanked ...

Will my small Air Compressor be able to handle an extra tank as an upgrade?

Yes and no. The answer to this question depends on whether or not you have a continuous duty air compressor or not. A continuous duty compressor means that it is able to run for long periods of( ...

What is the difference between stop-start and constant run?

Simply put, a start-stop air compressor has a pressure switch that turns the machine on and off. Most small electric and small gas air compressors are start-stop. A constant run compressor means the ...

Air Compressor Glossary & Industry Terms

Here are a few terms related to air compressors and a definition for each, a mini dictionary, air compressor vocabulary.

Designed to reduce the temperature and liquefy condensate vapors.

Air Dryer
A device that is generally associated with larger air compressor systems that helps with the removal of water from the tank and line.

Check Valve
A device that allows fluid or air to flow in only one direction.

Coalescing filter
A specific type of filter that not only works to remove dust and particles from the air, but also oil from the air lines.

Cubic Feet Per Minute (CFM)
The volume of air that is able to pass through an opening in one minute.

A material used with air compressors and air dryers that helps to remove water vapor from the air.

Drain Cock
Used to release accumulated moisture from the compressor tank (Also see drain valve).

Drain Valve
A drain valve works to remove surplus liquid from the compressor. There are manual, float and electronic types of drain valves.

Compressor tanks are made of steel, when water gets into the tank, the tank can rust thus reducing the life of the compressor. A dryer dries the air in the tank, reducing the amount of water collected.

Dual Stage
Compressors where air is compressed from initial pressure to an intermediate pressure in one or more cylinders.

Duty Cycle
Amount of time that a compressor can operate at full load over a thirty minute time period.

Filter Efficiency
The rate of which a filter can remove particles from an air flow.

Filter housing
Cover which protects the filter assembly.

Kick-in Pressure
Factory set low pressure point of the pressure switch that starts the compressor to re-pressurize the tank to a higher pressure.

Kick-out Pressure
Factory set high pressure point of the pressure switch that stops the compressor from increasing the pressure in the tank above a certain level.

Load Time
The time it takes for a compressor to go from load to unload.

Low oil shutoff
A feature which shuts off the engine if it runs low on oil, preventing damage or failure.

Oil free compressor
Air compressor that has no oil inserted into the compression chamber for lubrication, cooling or sealing. Typically used in the medical and food processing field.

Related to the movement of air.

Pneumatic power
Compressed air power.

Point of use
An outlet in a building used to connect tools or equipment to the air compressor system.

Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI)
A unit of measurement referring to the pressure applied on one square inch of an object’s surface.

Pressure Switch
An instrument which senses a change in pressure and automatically adds or decreases air in the tank.

Preventative Maintenance (PM)
A maintenance program performed on a fixed schedule that includes compressor service as well as routine repair and replacement of parts.

The elimination of undesired gas or liquid from a system.

Generally a tank used for storage of compressed air. Often times in large air compressor systems there can be a primary and secondary receiver.

Reciprocating Compressor
A reciprocating compressor uses pistons driven by a crankshaft to deliver air at high pressure.

Rotary Screw Compressor
A compressor which utilizes two intermeshing helical rotors to trap a volume of air, then compress it to a higher pressure. Rotary screw compressors can be run at lower temperatures for 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.

Safety valve
A valve which limits fluid pressure by releasing some of the pressurized liquid or gas. a.k.a. Pressure Relief Valve.

Single Stage
A compressor in which the air is compressed from initial pressure to final pressure in one step.

A valve that is between the compressor pump and tank. It opens when the compressor stops, that “psssssst” sound. This enables the compressor to start easier the next time.

Vacuum Pumps
A vacuum pump is a compressor that operates with an intake pressure below atmospheric and discharge pressure.


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