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QUESTIONS CUSTOMERS SHOULD ASK BEFORE BUYING A COMPRESSOR.


Knowing the requirements of a compressor before you start shopping is critical.

Don’t let your lack of knowledge mean you are taken advantage of.

You could end up spending more money to buy something that is overkill for your requirements. 

Or you could think you are getting a good deal and then have to spend additional money. We have heard about customers who have been hooked by cheaply priced compressors and then had to spend thousands more on additional equipment or had redundant machines that are ruined by lack of use. 

With Compressed Air Controls’ free site assessments and itemised quotes you know what you are paying for:

  • We are all about transparency and credibility. Your trust in us is priceless. 

  • Compressed Air Controls provide turnkey solutions. We will also make sure the compressor can communicate with your current communication system. This is a plug-in and play system. We have heard of other service providers installing compressors and then the factory having production downtime while computers that could communicate with them were installed. 

  • Our itemised quotes show the cost of the compressor and the cost of installing it and all the additional aspects like dryers, filters, and drains. 

  • The quote also compares the service costs of your current compressor to other compressor brands and the features and benefits. 


THE FOUR MAIN QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR COMPRESSOR NEEDS ARE:

  • Usage: What will the compressor be used for?

  • Demand: How many hours a day/week/year will the compressor be in use?

  • Pressure: What pressure does your compressor need?

  • Flow Rate: What flow rate do you need?

Other questions to be aware of:

  • Where is the compressor and its parts manufactured? Our main compressors, ELGi, are manufactured in India, Italy, and America. Atlas Copco and Chicago Pneumatic, also known as CP, manufacture their compressors in China, as well as other parts of the world. Gardner Denver has manufacturing facilities in 30 different parts of the world, including Asia.

  • How much are you using the compressor in a given time frame? For example, a joinery factory would on average use a compressor 6 hours per day/ 5 days a week, which is approx 1500 hr/yr, whereas a factory would average 10 hrs per day 6 days per week - approx 3000hrs per year.  Does your demand vary during the day?

  • Where will the compressor be located? Outdoor applications require special protection. Indoor compressors need to be at least 3 feet away from the wall to ensure proper airflow.

  • How much pressure (Kpa/PSI) do you require?

  • How much airflow (M3/min/CFM) do you require?

  • What motor kW do you require? This is directly related to the m3/min/CFM rating of a compressor.  Let your m3/min/CFM and Kpa/PSI requirements determine the kW.

  • What size and type of air tank do you require? The smaller the tank, the more the compressor has to work to keep up with demand.  Do you have room for a horizontal tank or would a vertical tank fit better?

  • What are the electrical requirements of the installation? ie do you have the correct fuse type?

  • What system control do you need?

We can visit your site and help you answer these questions. 

Contact us for a free site assessment

Check out our ELGI range of compressors

LOOKING TO REPLACE A COMPRESSOR?

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If you already have a compressor we strongly suggest getting us to run an Air Data assessment

This will tell you how much air you use and if you have air leaks. You may just be able to get the current compressor fixed or need to upgrade to something bigger or even downsize to stop wasting compressor energy. 

Contact us for an AD Assessment

Do you know what to ask a service provider about a compressor before you agree to them servicing your compressor?