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Air compressor installed outside
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Dennis    Posted 11-29-2002 at 09:55:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would we have a problem installing a 7.5HP/electrical stationary air compressor in an un-heated/un-airconditioned working enviornment?
The winters in our area of Arkansas aren't normally bitter but it does go below freezing sometimes. I will be able to wrap the black iron distribution pipes but they will be in the same environment as the Air compressor.?

Any experienced advice out there? Thanks and have a great day!

Hal/WA    Posted 11-30-2002 at 20:12:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a compressor in my (so far) unheated garage. Where I live in Eastern Washington does get cold in the winter and I had trouble with the compressor tripping the breaker the first time it tried to start after not being run for awhile. After it had tripped the breaker a couple of times, it would go and then would be fine until I tried to run it again dead cold. I found that if I put a heat lamp on it for a half hour prior to starting it, the breaker would not trip. I later changed the compressor oil to synthetic and had no more problems with needing to heat the pump.

You might want to check with your compressor manufacturer to see if they reccommend synthetic oil or have a heater kit. Or they might say there is no problem.

I would not wrap the air distribution pipes. One of the reasons for using metal pipe is to cool the air coming from the compressor and hopefully cause any moisture in the compressed air to condense out and be in a position to be drained off instead of coming out through your air tools or worse yet, through your paint gun and ruining your new paint job. It is important to make sure the moisture drains are kept empty, as in freezing weather, water in them might freeze and split the pipe.

kraig WY    Posted 11-29-2002 at 14:52:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My air conditioner (about the same size) is in an open stall nest to my shop protected only from rain (like we would ever get any here). I never had any problem with it and it gets a bit colder here then Arkansas. Only differance I see is you have more mosture in the air and would need to drain the tank more then I do but that wouldn't be any differant then if it was inside.

Lazy Al    Posted 11-29-2002 at 12:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you like run a main line and tap off it .
point the "T" up then over and 90 down to you outlet . and put a drain at the end of the
line to let the water out You'll have less trouble with moisture .IMO

Dennis    Posted 11-29-2002 at 12:03:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanx ya'll. You have helped Me err r EI to make a decision. It will save a lot of time and hassel.
Thanks again for saving my butt. Ignore the comment re: the oil pan. LOL

dud    Posted 11-29-2002 at 12:00:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
DEnnis just put it on her list

EIEIO-CORRECTION!!    Posted 11-29-2002 at 11:19:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is MY air compressor, I use it when I sandblast/etch on glass so I do appreciate you helping Dennis on this/ now can you help him to install an oil pan on a car!!!!!

DeadCarp - oilpan?    Posted 11-29-2002 at 12:25:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Arentcha gonna sandblast it first? And etch the windshield? Lot easier than reaching clear up there ........ you could save on fake show .......
try it on that tree over there - the one with the cat in it! :)

Ron/PA    Posted 11-29-2002 at 10:21:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a problem Dennis, in addition to the advice below, I always drain the water out of my tank, whenever it gets above freezing long enough to thaw the system.

DeadCarp    Posted 11-29-2002 at 10:04:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
No problem with air - any little moisture that gets in the lines gets blowed on thru next time you use it. Mount the sediment bulb indoors though if it's likely to freeze. Like those quick-release fittings huh? I like air tools - quiet, cheaper and the longer they run the cooler they keep your hand! :)

Burrhead    Posted 11-29-2002 at 10:34:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
DeadCarp don't fergit to mention that ye can work on damp floors or wet ground and them air tools aint gonna shock ye

LH    Posted 11-29-2002 at 10:00:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dennis just install a water trap with a drain so you can drain the system often to keep it from freezing in your lines

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