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Compressor Motor Overload Protection

Internal, External and Why it is ALWAYS Recommended Before we begin on the titled subject understand that this article will focus on why we at General Air Products recommend a motor starter for overload protection with every unit. If you would like to know more about what a motor starter is please view our motor… Read more …

Questions from Customers: Why do I need a Motor Starter?

Why do I need a Motor Starter on my Dry Pipe System Air Compressor? In short, to prevent this from happening: What you see here is a burnt motor on one of our LT Series lubricated tank mounted units. In this instance the air compressor was run with no oil, causing the pump to seize.

Why is my Air Compressor Turning On and Off?

Why the heck is my compressor turning on and off, and on and off, and on and off?! Sometimes an air compressor will turn on and off rapidly in an unending fashion, this is an occurrence known as short cycling. The good news is that it does not mean that your air compressor is broken… Read more …

How to Wire a Pressure Switch for Air Compressors

View Pressure Switches » A problem General Air Products’ service representatives see on a regular basis is incorrect wiring at installation. Often times, out of habit, electricians or installers wire directly to the compressor motor. DO NOT WIRE DIRECTLY TO THE MOTOR. In a fire protection air compressor the pressure switch is the brain that… Read more …

Low Pressure vs High Pressure Compressors

Jump To: Standard Pressure Compressors Low Pressure Compressors High Pressure Compressors Standard Pressure Air Compressors General Air Products’ air compressors have two standard or factory pressure settings, depending on the type of compressor you select for your dry pipe system: 1.) Oil Less Air Compressors: After the initial system pressurization or fill, our OL &… Read more …