December 10, 2022

How to shut down your compressed air system

As a major component of your business, your compressed air system requires the strength and longevity to handle a heavy workload. Although air compressors are designed for durability, components of the system may malfunction, requiring repairs or even a complete replacement. Over time, these costs can add up, negatively impacting your business. 

To reduce the wear and tear on your system, many experts recommend shutting down your air compressor when it’s not actively being used. Below are the step-by-step guidelines on how to properly shut down a compressed air system so that you can preserve your equipment’s lifespan. 

  1. To start, operate the system to its highest operating pressure.
  2. Close the service valve located at the downstream side of the receiver. 
  3. Shut down the compressed air system.
  4. Close the service valve located between the compressor and the receiver. 
  5. Find the furthest drip leg and drain it fully. To conserve line pressure, close the valve. 
  6. Drain each drip leg, moving backward from the furthest one. 
  7. Manually drain each of the in-line filters. For filters with a solenoid drain, first cut the power supplying the solenoid. 
  8. Drain all traps to refrigerated dryers, as well as the inlet and outlet valves on a dual desiccant dryer. 
  9. De-energize the dryer and ensure that the receiver is drained.
  10. Once all the drip legs and drains are fully drained, de-pressurize the air compressor. 
  11. De-energize the compressor and drain the after-cooler trap. 
  12.  Cool the system to the temperature of the room in which it’s stored, which could take up to an hour. 
  13. Ensure that the oil is free of foam. 
  14. Drain compressed water from the sump by opening the drain valve until oil alone drains from it. 
  15. For extended shut-downs, suspend moisture-absorbing media in the sump tank. 

At Elevated, we know how to properly shut down compressed air systems and would love to help you get this done correctly. Contact our experienced service technicians for assistance.

Tami Matthews
Author: Tami Matthews
Tami Matthews is the Director of Marketing at Elevated Industrial Solutions. She’s spent 20+ years in marketing, focusing on writing, public relations, digital marketing, and content marketing. Before coming to Elevated in December 2020, she worked for a number of high-tech companies. Writing is one of her favorite pastimes. In her spare time, she volunteers for a number of causes including the Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy working on the PTO. She also hikes with her husband and begrudging daughter.
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