Condensate Drains: Ways to Deal with Air Compressor Condensate

air-dryers3When it comes to maintaining the appropriate air quality level in air compressors, it is important to remove any condensate that builds up. Condensate is the moisture that collects from the air compressor as the air cools. Moisture in the air compressor often leads to the growth of ruse or mold, which in turn can damage equipment and any tools or accessories connected to the compressor. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to remove condensate. Here are some of the ways that condensate build-up in an air compressor can be removed:

  • Manual operation involves having valves manually opened to discharge condensate. Operators who perform this need to open the valves at the appropriate time for the correct amount of time or risk excess air loss
  • Level-operated mechanical float traps are best suited for fully attended powerhouse operations with scheduled maintenance. Keep in mind, however, that these float traps are more prone to blockage and getting stuck in open/closed positions
  • Solenoid-operated drain valves utilize timing devices that can be arranged to open at pre-set adjustable intervals. However, these valves also require strainers to reduce contaminants, potentially blocking the inlet and discharge parts
  • Zero-loss traps are one of the most reliable methods, using an electric solenoid or ball valve to maintain the condensate level. This method is very reliable and does not waste air

Regardless of your chosen method, it is important to deal with air compressor condensate as quickly and carefully as possible. 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.