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Understanding The Functioning of Fire Sprinkler Compressors

November 18, 2022

Understanding The Functioning of Fire Sprinkler Compressors

Fire sprinkler compressors are an essential piece of equipment in any fire suppression system. They provide the necessary pressure to operate the system and are therefore a critical component in ensuring the safety of a building and its occupants. In this blog post, we will explore the function of fire compressors and how they work to ensure the safety of a building. We will also discuss the different types of compressors and their applications.


What are fire sprinkler compressors?


There are two types of fire sprinkler compressors- positive displacement and centrifugal. Positive displacement compressor uses rubber diaphragms to push the water while centrifugal compressors use blades to draw the water in.


How do they work?

When a fire is detected, the sprinkler system is activated and water is released from the pipes and onto the fire. The water pressure in the system is created by a compressor, which starts automatically when the system is turned on. Fire protection air compressors can be either electric or diesel-powered.


The electric fire sprinkler compressor is the most common type. It consists of an electric motor that drives a pump. The pump pressurizes the water in the system and keeps it at a certain level so that it will flow out of the sprinklers when they are activated. Electric compressors can be either AC or DC-powered.


Diesel-powered fire protection air compressors are less common than electric ones, but they are used in some applications where electricity is not available or where backup power is needed. Diesel-powered compressors work in the same way as electric ones, with a diesel engine driving a pump that pressurizes the water in the system.


How to properly maintain your fire sprinkler compressor

Assuming you have a reciprocating air compressor, there are certain maintenance tasks you should perform on a regular basis to keep it functioning properly. Below is a list of suggested maintenance tasks for your air compressor:


- Check the oil level every 3 months and change it every 6 months.

- Check the air filter and clean or replace it as needed.

- Grease all moving parts monthly.

- Check the belts and pulleys for wear and tighten or replace them as needed.

- Inspect the hoses and couplings for leaks or damage and repair or replace them as needed.

- If your unit has an aftercooler, check it regularly for blockages and clean it as needed.

- Drain the compressed air tank daily to remove any moisture that has been collected.

Fire protection air compressors are designed to provide a steady flow of water to the sprinklers, and they should be regularly inspected to ensure that they are working correctly.

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