How Does a Compressor Work?

How Does a Compressor Work?

Did you know the earth processes air much like a compressor? The weight of our atmosphere compresses air generating 14.7 pounds of pressure per square inch at sea level. Air compressors work similarly, keep reading to find out how air compressors work.


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An air compressor processes air to store energy and adapt it for use in countless applications.

Ambient air enters a compressor through a filtered intake that removes dust and dirt. This filter should be replaced at timely intervals to ensure the compressor is protected from unwanted contaminants. Dust and dirt can be damaging to your air compressor.

Keeping your filters clean is super important. Dirty or restricted filters cause pressure drops and reduce efficiency. Next, filtered air continues through sealed piping to an inlet valve that controls the volume of air reaching the errant and prevents oil from reversing towards filters after shutdowns.

Next, air entered the errant which is a fixed displacement pump that uses 2 helical rotors to compress air. When they turn, they form a partial vacuum that sucks air.

To keep learning how an air compressor works, watch the video above!

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