Thanks, you give us hope.
Christopher A. Young
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I spent a few hours today working on my air compressor at the shop. This
is something I cannot be without, so was tempted to go buy another one,
but this is not a cheap throwaway unit.
Symptoms were a tripping breaker, and an air "leak." I had to take more
stuff off of it than I wanted to, just to open it up further than I
wanted to. First attempt was unsuccessful. So, I did enough googling to
figure out that the "unloader valve" (from which the air would not stop
bleeding) and the "check valve" are two different things, although they
work together. This is an aspect of compressors that I had never
bothered to figure out. I did know that the pressure had to be relieved
for the motor to restart, but hadn't looked into the mechanics of it.
So after finding that the fault was not with the leaky part itself (the
unloader valve) I did figure out where the check valve might be, and it
turned out to be there, and it turned out to have a big piece of crud
jammed in it. The crud looked like a piece of a fiber washer, but it
crumbled like a piece of dried mud from the sole of a boot. I extracted
that without leaving pieces of it inside the valve, put it all together
again, and now it's fine.
And, I learned some things, which is good. But, the part that I really
like about this, is that if fell into a category I call Zero Dollar
Repairs. Those are my favorite kind.