Guide to setting up an air compressor

Want to know how to set up an air compressor? Find out with our simple, straightforward and user-friendly guide to the basics of air-compressor setup.

Estimated time to read: 3 mins

January 17, 2024

How to set up an air compressor

They teach you maths and grammar, but schools don’t cover the basics of how to set up an air compressor. Want to know what kind of environment to look for? What steps do you need to take? Or any other ways you might be able to prepare? This simple, straightforward and user-friendly guide has the answers.


However, just like school, this guide is not going to tell you everything you need to know or assure you of a perfect installation. That assurance only comes when a certified technician performs your installation for you. This guide is designed to help you to recognise factors that are important when preparing for the installation. Make the most of it! And if you’re still not satisfied? You’ll find more tips here.

Air compressor setup: Basics

The most important starting point is a clean, well-organised space. You’ll want your air compressor installed on a sturdy, level floor, with enough space around it to ensure good ventilation and air flow. At the same time, you’ll want to have room to move when working and performing maintenance. 

Arrange electrical cables in such a way that they’re tidy, out of the way and not going to be damaged by your compressor or anyone who needs access to it. It might not seem like a big deal right now, but think of the years to come: how many times you’ll trip over loose cables or be annoyed by them getting in the way?

The air filter, dryer, and water trap

It’s not just the air compressor you need to think about. You’ll also be installing an air filter, air dryer and probably drainage or a water trap. Make sure they’re easily accessed, cleaned and replaced. Future-You appreciates it.


Are there any additional bits and pieces that need to be installed in your system? Anything from an air regulator to a VSD dryer. This is probably a good time to set them up and check you’ll have adequate room and accessibility. 


Afterwards, it’s time to install your auxiliary tank. Once it’s in place, please check it’s installed correctly and then double-check everything else. Do the same after every maintenance and servicing check.

Tests and checks

Checked everything? Great! Now it’s time to actually start your air compressor in order to test everything again. This time, you’ll be looking and listening for malfunctions, pressure drops and of course, leaks. A leak detector is a huge help here, but also check the pressure gauge is showing approximately the same pressure as it should. If not? Keep in mind that there will be fluctuations based on the time of the year and even the weather when you’re checking it. But major differences may indicate leaks, or that the pressure gauge is not working correctly or possibly not installed as it should be. Make sure all wires, including the earth, are all correctly connected. 

Ask a professional

The biggest tip here? Use a certified technician for the installation. While we are happy to guide you to let you know what you need and where problems may arise, you’ll only be sure of proper installation when it’s done by the experts. If you have questions or need assistance finding a local expert, please feel free to get in touch with us. We are always happy to help.

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