Picking Your
       Air Compressor



On this page I continue talking about the various decisions you have to make when our are picking your air compressor.

Here is page one about picking your air compressor.

This is useful information, particularly if you are planning on buying an air compressor for someone else and need some help making a decision about the many types of home and small workshop air compressors out there.

Compressor Tank Size


When you go in the store looking for your ideal air compressor, you will see quite a variety of them, in all shapes, colours and sizes.

One thing you will see is that there are quite a variety of tank shapes and sizes. Typically, you will see...

  • longer tank on its side, sometimes with wheels
  • a pancake shaped tank
  • compressors with multiple cylindrical tanks
  • vertically oriented tanks with the compressor on top

Picking your air compressor

If you are looking for a larger, more industrial type air compressor, here is quite a bit more information about compressor air tanks for the larger compressor.

What else would you like to know in advance when you set off to the store for the purpose of picking your air compressor?

Any Compressor Warranty?

What is the warranty of the air compressor you are interested in buying, and what are the steps to be taken when and if you have a warranty repair? You want to find out the store's policy on compressor warranty because your compressor is going to fail one day.

Does the store just replace the compressor if it fails under warranty, or do they get them fixed?

If they get fixed, where does the compressor get fixed? Do you deliver or do they pick up, an issue for the larger compressor for sure. They are heavy!

When your air compressor warranty expires, who will fix it then? Can the store provide a reference? Ask the warranty repair depot if they will continue long term service.

Compressor Parts Available

There are hundreds of models, and dozens of makes of air compressors on the market. The task of keeping parts for all these compressors is gigantic.

Does the store stock parts for that model of compressor? The answer to that question will almost invariably be no.

If not, then where will you go to get parts for that brand of air compressor next year, the year after, and maybe five years after they stop selling that particular model? Or, is compressor repair even an issue for you? The time and aggravation involved with getting parts and trying to fix a $100 compressor may not be worth it to you. Your call!

Haste Makes...A Useless Compressor


As you can see, there are many things to consider when selecting an air compressor.

Give the process a bit of thought, will you? A mistake in purchasing the wrong air compressor can be easily made leaving you or the compressor recipient with, essentially, and expensive boat anchor.