Compressor Basics: 5 Types You Need to Know About

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The right information can help you make better decisions, including better buying decisions. Here are a few things that should come in handy when you shop around for a replacement for your Carrier compressor:

Types of compressors

There are 5 basic compressor types. There are pancake air compressors. Then you get wheelbarrow air compressors, hot dog air compressors, twin stack air compressors and lastly, inflators, which are the smallest type of compressors in the market.


These come in round, flat designs and are typically mounted on top of the tank. It’s lightweight, which makes the best option when you’re looking for a portable unit. Given their size and shape, they’re easy to keep and store, says the Compressor Force.


These air compressors come with dual cylindrical tanks that contain compressed air. You can go for a single tank unit as well. The handles and wheels make the unit easy to move around. It’s not as portable as the lightweight ones, though, but still a good option if you don’t mind it’s heft and weight.

Hot dog

This is a common sight in many homes and come with a single horizontal tank. If you’re looking for a replacement for your Carrier compressor, this one might just fit the bill.

Twin stack

This one’s your hotdog air compressor in many ways, except for one: it comes with two tanks instead of one. If that’s something you want in your compressor, then you might want to take a long, look at twin-stack units instead.


Want the smallest air compressors out there? Then go for this one. One thing to remember, though: this doesn’t have a storage tank. So you’ll need to keep the motor running.

Knowing the many types of compressors out there can help you identify and determine which ones fit your AC system and which ones you might need for other projects and purposes. For more information, consult a trusted provider.