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The Compressor Room:
You Want Me to Put It Where?

It is really very simple to remember the key points for
compressor room:

  1. Leave enough space so that there is at least 30 to 36 inches around each piece of equipment so that it can be worked on and can breathe

  2. Put near an outside wall so the room can be ventilated in the summer months; heat and negative room pressure will substantially shorten the compressor life

  3. Install cooling fans and louvers to allow change of air at least two times a minute; very simple to calculate the volume of the room and multiply it by two

  4. Keep away from extremely dirty areas or compressor life will be shortened

  5. Do not put near an office or lab area where noise is going to be an issue

Pick the type of compressor not only that is appropriate for your air use but also appropriate for the location that you are choosing. Consideration of an air-cooled piston compressor is appropriate when there is a separate room away from work areas as noise and vibration carries a substantial distance. Sound enclosed rotary screws are as quiet as 67 DBA and can oftentimes be put next to personnel areas with no issue as long as the ducting and piping does not create a resonance.

Where not to put a compressor:

  • Furnace room-hot/dirty

  • Loading Dock – dirty/potential noise issue

  • Next to the boss's office – as long as you value your job – be aware of potential noise carryover from piping and ducting

  • Remote area where no one will see the compressor on a daily basis – lack of attention could mean reliability issues

  • Outside in an unheated building – Freezing temperatures creates issues with the condensate in the oil causing control problems and even dramatic failures

It would be great if we all had new buildings and could design a specific compressor room to meet the five points above. That is obviously not always the case. When relocating a compressor in your existing plant remember that if additional piping and power is required to place a compressor in a proper environment is cheaper in the long run then having premature compressor failures.

Here is a pre-installation checklist used by the Hope Air team for initial review of the compressor room. If you are having issues with your compressor due to temperature or environment, and you have a hard time servicing it, you ought to think about putting a revised compressor room on your project list. This will protect your investment in your "fourth utility."

Take a new look at your existing compressor room and see which of the five points above really need to be corrected to give better reliability from your equipment. A little work will give triple fold results in reliability.

Please contact Frank Lederer at 508-351-1817 or email for additional information.

Contributed by Peter Rhoten



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