Tips for a Successful Rotary Vane Installation

If you have invested in a rotary vane compressor, then you want to make sure that you have installed it properly so that you may yield the best results. Though if you are unfamiliar with how they work, sometimes fully understanding the entire process can be a bit tricky. 

While you should always refer to your manufacturer’s instructions, we’ve got a few tips to help you achieve a successful rotary vane installation. 

What is a Rotary Vane Compressor? 

Rotary vane compressors act as a pump that forces fluid out through a discharge pipe. It does this using vane pumps that are attached to a rotor. They move in and out, trapping the liquid and carrying it until it is forced out. It is a simple, yet highly effective solution for those who are trying to move fluids at low pressures, such as alcohol, gasoline or petroleum, oil, liquefied gasses, propane, and more. 

Most people who turn to rotary vane pumps do so for reasons such as they: 

  • They are easy to maintain
  • They offer a versatile solution
  • They can run dry without damage (though, not for a long period of time)
  • They have good suction abilities

Of course, in order to benefit from all that these compressors have to offer, they have to be installed properly and working well. So, let’s take a look at those tips for successful rotary vane installation. 

Ensure Proper Position When Installing

To make sure it runs properly and that it has the chance for a long lifespan, you want to make sure it is installed in the right location. For instance, if your rotary vane compressor cannot be installed indoors, you want to make sure it is in an area that is protected from outdoor elements and inclement weather. Being covered overhead is a great idea. Yet, even though you need it protected, you also want to make sure that it isn’t too protected. Your compressor needs to have ventilation to work properly. A clearance of 1 to 3 feet is always a smart idea. 

Look for Leaks

If you install your compressor only to find that it is leaking, then you may not be using the right O-rings with the right liquid. Or, the O-rings could be damaged. Either way, this is one of the first things you want to look at when there is a leak when initially installed.

Excessive Noise Upon Installation

Noise happens with rotary vane compressors for different reasons. However, it shouldn’t happen upon installation. If it does, you may have not installed the pump securely – or it may be too far from the liquid source. 

Taking note of these things as you choose the best place to install your compressor in the first place can reduce the chance of this issue.  

Routine Maintenance

Once you have your compressor installed, an important step to take is to regularly maintain it. Don’t wait for something to happen, such as heavy vibration, leaks, slow performance, etc. Instead, perform proactive routine maintenance to ensure that it continues to provide you with the service you need. There are steps you can take daily, weekly, monthly, bi-annually, and annually to ensure everything is in proper order. 

The better care you take of your rotary vane compressor when installing – and throughout its lifetime – the longer it will work efficiently and effectively for you. 

Ro-Flo Compressors has been manufacturing various compressors since the 1930s, and now their products are used in over 60 countries. They manufacture low-pressure, high-pressure, HP, and two-stage compressors.

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