If you have an air compressor you may eventually need to replace the hose. This need may be due to damage or simply because you need a longer or shorter hose for the job. Before you begin this task, try to find the owner’s manual for your machine. The manual can give you tips on the installation of a new hose and tell you what hose will work best for you. The manual will also tell you the best way to treat your new hose in order to ensure a longer lifespan.
Step 1 - Gather Preliminary Information and Shop
Before you can do anything, you need to jot down your air compressor’s brand name and model number. This will help you find hoses designed for your air compressor. You will also need to jot down the desired length of the hose. A longer hose will help you reach across a work area and will help prevent electrical hazards caused by having a long electrical cord.
Too long a hose, however, will cause the compressor to lose pressure, making it less efficient. Once you have all of the necessary measurements it is time to buy the hose. While you are shopping consider buying quick connect couplers. These will help you attach and remove the hose quickly, making set up and storage more convenient.
Step 2 - Get Ready
Before you can attach a new hose to your air compressor, you must take a few preliminary steps. First, turn off all power to the air compressor. If any hoses are still connected, expel all air from the compressor and release all pressure in the hose. Check the gauge to be sure that there is no remaining air in the compressor or in the hose. Unscrew the fittings and remove the hose from the compressor.
Step 3 - Attach New Hose
Once you have removed the old hose, it is time to attach a new one. If your old fittings are good, use them to attach the new hose to the air compressor. You will need a socket or wrench. If you do not have a manual with specific instructions you should attach the hose in the same way as the old one. If you decided to purchase quick-connect couplers or a hose adapter, now is also the time to attach them.
Step 4 - Store
Once you have a new hose you need to know how to treat it properly. Keep it out of the way of foot traffic and vehicle wheels. When you are done using your air compressor, remove the hose, wind it, and store it in a safe location. This will help increase the hose’s lifespan. When you remove the hose always be sure that the electrical supply has been cut off and all pressure has been released from the hose.