I have a 2hp pancake air compressor that won't hold tank pressure.
Than is, if I run it to full capacity of the tank (115PSI I think),
and turn the compressor off, the tank quickly goes to zero pressure.
Naturally I figure the leak is gaskets or some other type of seal. Is
it worthwhile for me to try to determine where it is leaking? How
difficult is it to find repair kits and to actually do a repair?
I can get a new one for $100.
On > it worthwhile for me to try to determine where it is leaking?
It is easy and wothwile to find the leak since it is usually
repairable. You use soapy water just as if you were looking for a gas
leak. Rarely is it the tank that leaks but a fitting. Take the leaky
assembly apart and put back together with teflon tape. Sometime the
tank has a fitting which is designed to allow the removal of water in
the tank. Be sure to check it also.
Sure it's worthwhile looking. Many times this can be fixed just by
tightening a fitting or dissassembly & cleaning of a small part. Using
some slightly soapy water may help you find the leak; brush it on the
suspect joint or part and look for bubbles. Items to check include
any fittings, safety (pop-off) valve, unloader/check-valve, etc.
Better to be stuck up in a tree than tied to one.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - lwasserm(a)sdf.lonestar.org
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