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Can you mount an air compressor upside down?

 
For many workshops, space is at a premium, so it can be tempting to find innovative ways of storing your equipment to free up a little more usable space. That was the challenge for one of our clients recently who asked whether mounting their small air compressor upside down and out of the way would cause problems.

On the face of it, it was a perfectly reasonable question. Theirs is not an air compressor that uses oil, so there could be no issues with lubricants collecting in the wrong parts of the compressor. And just to add to their reasons, they felt they had more freedom for their air compressor lines with the compressor inverted. Yet even with an oil-free compressor, mounting should always be the right way up.

This is for a number of reasons. An upside down compressor can place unexpected stress forces on parts of the machine and cause additional wear. An upside down motor can cause heat dissipation issues, and risk overheating. And even on its side, you’ll find greater piston ring wear.

So, if you are struggling for space and want to explore your air compressor mounting options, have a read of this piece, which covers the optimum siting of air compressors in the workplace but ensure your compressor remains orientated the right way up. Then, if you are still struggling to find the ideal position to site your air compressor equipment, call us on 0114 243 2347, or contact us.

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