COVID-19 Production Downtime: Compressor Dos and Don’ts

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At Direct Air, alongside our key suppliers, we are making the necessary adjustments to continue conducting business activities with minimum interruptions while taking the measures to protect public health and follow governmental guidelines.

Please stay assured that we can meet our commitments to you while addressing any concerns you may have at this time.

We are still operating and at your service to supply parts, compressed air system maintenance and advise.

However, we want to prepare you for any instances where you may have to reduce or stop production. Switching off your compressor isn’t just as simple as turning it off and on again, you need to follow a certain procedure.

We are here to assist you with technical advice on how to safely shutdown your equipment to avoid future problems and protect your warranty.

Read over the following dos and don’ts created by leading manufacturer, CompAir, to prepare you for any COVID-19 related downtime.

Taking your compressed air equipment out of service


  • Bring any alternative equipment online first
  • Shut down all equipment using the stop button
  • Open any manual condensate drains
  • Isolate from air mains
  • Isolate from any water supplies
  • Ensure any receiver tanks are drained
  • Ensure lock off and tag procedure is used
  • Ensure all internal air pressure is vented
  • Ensure to comply with long term storage guidelines if the shutdown period is over 1 month


  • Do not press the emergency stop button to shut down any equipment
  • Do not leave any water supply on to any equipment
  • Do not rely on non-return valves to isolate from any pressurised systems

Putting your compressed air equipment back into service


  • Restore power to the equipment
  • Remove any isolations that were placed and close and manual condensate drains
  • Ensure all ancillary equipment such as water pumps is working
  • On oil free screw machines check for free rotation by hand before attempting to start
  • Follow all guidelines for start-up in the user manual
  • Check all temperatures and pressures
  • Ensure any service due is done ASAP


  • Do not try to start equipment with isolations in place
  • Do not start equipment without water supply fully functioning
  • Do not rely on non-return valves to isolate from any pressurised systems

If you need any assistance at all with your compressed air system during this uncertain time, please contact us today.

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