Dry air is safe air.

Unfortunately, water is latent in the outside air. Especially in New Jersey, where we are so close to the ocean. Salt water actually makes things rust much quicker and much worse.

If you have water in your tanks, it will affect system efficiency, cause rust, and push water into your lines and tools that could cause permanent damage in the entire system.

If that sounds expensive and something worth preventing, we have an answer!

Preventative care is the name of the game. We offer preventative maintenance (pm contracts, ask about them here). We also offer you the parts so you can do it yourself.

An Automatic drain valve is the easiest way to prevent damage. It will have two settings. One for how often the valve will open and release water. The second is how long it will open.

It's a balancing act between releasing too long/too often and losing pressure, or not opening long enough and collecting water.

As a general rule, opening the valve more often is better than opening it for longer. You can start with a release every 30 minutes. Depending on the compressor's duty cycle that may need to be reduced. A 5 second release time would also be a good place to start, but this should be checked and verified to ensure air is not wasted.

As another precaution, you should be aware that compressors (oil-splashed rotary or reciprocating) will pass oil. The oil particles will be in the water, and dumping that water is not EPA compliant. This is a big deal for the government, because a gallon of oil can pollute an acre of groundwater.

You will need an oil water separator to be EPA compliant. You will also need a drain for this treated water to exit the building.

Other than that, you just need the automatic drain itself. You can use this one for most applications. It attaches to the bottom of the air tank, and needs a standard 115v wall plug. The cord is 6 feet long, so make sure that power is available within the area.

Other than that, once the settings are calibrated, the simple gizmo will help maintain a safe and efficient air system.