How to Care for a Husky Air Compressor

Air compressors are valuable tools that aid in filling tires with air, and blowing up air mattresses and other inflatable objects.

Some air-powered tools are operated using an air compressor. Air compressors utilize tools like hoses, accessories and connectors to perform different jobs. Air compressors can be dangerous and cause serious injury if used the wrong way or if they are not properly maintained. A few small steps will ensure the proper maintenance of your Husky air compressor.

Drain the tank each time it is used to ensure that moisture does not stay trapped inside the air compressor. If the air compressor is not in use, drain the tank daily. Draining the tank daily will help prevent corrosion. To open the tank, turn the valve to the left. Drain the condensate into a proper container. Turn the valve to the right to close the tank.

Adjust the regulator carefully. Going over 135 pounds per square inch (psi) of pressure may result in the air compressor bursting. Ensure that the regulator is not adjusted to put out more air than the attachment is capable of using. Using a higher psi than a tool needs may result in serious injury.

Check the requirements of air-powered tools. Some tools will need more power than your Husky air compressor is able to provide. Do not use the air compressor with tools it is unable to support.

Look for snags or blockage in the hoses. Hoses can be damaged when they are snagged or blocked.

Inspect the safety valve daily before use. If the Husky air compressor is forced over its preset maximum, it will release air automatically. Turn the machine on and let the tank fill. When the air compressor reaches its preset maximum, it will turn off. Turn off the air compressor. Grasp the safety valve ring and pull; allow air to release for 20 seconds. Let go of the ring and observe whether any air continues to release. The air should stop releasing immediately once the ring is released. If air continues to flow out of the air compressor, it indicates a problem with the safety valve.

Tips

  • Always follow the manufacturer's directions regarding maintenance and safety.
  • The condensate from the tank is considered a "polluting" material; dispose of according to local regulations.
  • For a clogged valve; carefully release the tank's pressure and remove the valve. Clean the valve thoroughly and place back on the air compressor.

Warnings

  • Discontinue use of improperly working equipment. Tools and accessories that are not properly functioning can damage the machine or cause injury to the operator.
  • Do not use the air compressor for jobs it is not intended. Modifying or altering the air compressor in any way to complete a different job may result in serious injury.
  • Use caution around other people and animals; never aim hoses or tools at people or pets.
  • Be careful not to blow dust and debris into yourself or others.

About the Author

Annabeth Kaine began writing in 2010 with work appearing on various websites. She has successfully run two businesses, held chairmanship positions on two fund-raising committees and received excellence-in-service awards for both. Kaine is completing her Bachelor of Arts in psychology.