Dealing with Condensation in Compressor Equipment

air-compressor16Compressed air can perform many industrial-related functions and is known for being invaluable to any facility that requires that extra power for their tools. Unfortunately, using compressor based equipment can have its own share of difficulties. One of these difficulties is condensation. Condensation is created when compressed air concentrates airborne contaminants, including water vapor. Condensation can cause a myriad of problems with compressor based equipment and should be taken seriously. Some of the problems that condensation can cause include:

  • Air line freezing
  • Pipe corrosion
  • Reduced lubrication effectiveness
  • Equipment malfunction

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce condensation. For starters, always take drops off the top of the main line, making the process of draining the system easier. Any valve that is used needs to be installed ahead of the drain. For compressors that do not rely upon lubrication, stainless steel is the best material to use. Anyone who uses compressor equipment should always be mindful that condensation is a possibility and would do well to invest in drains and other methods to reduce it.

For all of your air compressor needs Air Center, Inc. should be able to help.  Air Center stocks many air compressor parts and filters for major manufacturers, designs and installs compressed air systems, and employs technicians who are able to service any compressed air equipment.