185 water in the air freezing

by mike light
(de)

i have an Ingersoll rand 185 and we have been having problems with the cold weather. The hose spits out so much water with the air that its causes it to freeze up soon as I hook the air line up to our mixer. It has a water separator on the outside but that is not helping. I'm wonder if there is another tank that needs to be drained? I ordered a new filter for the water separator outside but I don't know if that will fix it.

Comments for 185 water in the air freezing

Click here to add your own comments

Jan 14, 2016
A little more info Bill?
by: Carl

Bill,
What kind of compressor do you have? You say "under the hood" do you have a tow behind or a static?

Dryers are fitted after the air outlet, usually into a receiver tank (so you can remove as much water as possible) then into your dryer via either a water spinner or pre filter, then the outlet of the dryer and into your system.

Whatever you do not drill into your oil separator tank!!!

Hope that helps

Carl

Jan 14, 2016
Drain compressor but no tank
by: Bill

If your compressor has no air reservoir tank, is simply one that supplies on demand, then there is nothing to drain.

However, using a compressor that generates lots of water (they all do) and then flowing that hot compressed air through a hose to a breaker or some such when it's below freezing will result in ice forming in the air line and the air tool, depending on how cold it is.

To prevent this a water separator filter at the discharge from the compressor is recommended, and the compressed air should be treated so that it has a DEW point below the air temperature. This will help prevent condensation of water in the air line.

Jan 14, 2016
Same prob
by: Bill

I have same problem and compressor has never been drained I want to install a drain but not sure where to install it. There is the oil separator tank but not sure if that's where you install it. That's the only tank under the hood, just trying to figure out if that's where I should drill?

Jan 13, 2016
Dryer
by: Carl

Exactly what Bill said but you can also get a refrigerant drier (theyre cheaper) you will need a power point next to it.

Hope that helps

Carl

Jan 12, 2016
185 having problems with the cold weather
by: Bill

Hot compressed air entering the hose, and then running it's length in the cold means lots of condensation in the hose, and ultimately in the mixer.

See the pages on this site that refer to water in the air lines, how to prevent water, and the steps needed when compressed air is being used outside in the cold.

You will need to ensure that the surge tank is drained regularly, and may need to add desiccant driers to ensure that the air entering the hose is bone dry, and the dew point is below the ambient temperature.

Click here to add your own comments

Add your own question or comment. It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ingersoll Rand P185 Tow Behind Air Compressor.