husky pro 60 compressor binds

by Gene Dyer
(Vanceboro Maine USA)

I have a husky pro 60 gal air compressor. It is made by campbell hausfeld and I bought it from home depot. It gets to about 50 psi and it slows down and binds up. I have drained the tank but it still does the same thing. Any idea what the problem is?

Gene Dyer

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Jul 04, 2016
by: Doug in

Then what Bill said on Jul 02.

Jul 03, 2016
air compressor
by: Gene

All I did was take the pipe that comes out of the compressor and let it pump into the garage no tank was connected.

Jul 02, 2016
by: Doug in

If you mean you removed the check valve and connected the pump directly to the tank, and it runs great then yes, you should replace the check valve.

The pump is working harder than it should with that set-up.

If you mean something else, please clarify.

Jul 02, 2016
Husky binding up
by: Bill

The compressor binding is likely due to backloading. That is, as the pressure in the tank grows, the compressor has to work harder and that increasing load, through a part failure, is preventing the pump from cycling properly, causing it to stall, and burn the belt on the pump sheave.

In terms of fixing the problem, the least complex is one thing you have done... checked the tank valve. The next thing will be much more time, labor and cost involving.

So, before you do as Doug suggested and tear down the pump, replacing the check valve, even though you think it works, may be the best move. While we think the problem is in the pump, replacing the tank check valve with a new one will, if it does not resolve the problem, remove that part as a source of the back load.

If it works, you've saved yourself a lot of time and money tearing down and replacing the valves and gaskets in the pump. If it doesn't, time to tear the pump down I think.

Jul 02, 2016
compressor binding up
by: Gene

It works great without the check valve in and it seems free to move. Should I try a new check valve?

Apr 03, 2016
Husky tank check valve
by: Bill

Gene, typically the check valve is located where the line from the pump enters the tank.

If you are not quite sure about them, see the page on compressor tank check valves on this site.

Apr 02, 2016
by: gene

I removed the big line that comes off the compressor. I let it run.There was never any problem with binding at all. I put that line back on and removed the pressure gage and it ran great also. I drained the air tank and maybe a table spoon of moisture came out. I started it up again and it went to 90 psi instead of 50 before binding up. I am not sure where the check valve is to clean it.

Mar 30, 2016
Pump binds
by: Doug in

(semi-related LOL of the day from the specs at HD:
"Twin-cylinder pump delivers 1070 RPM")

Anyway, assuming you've checked the oil, and it's clean, then sounds like you may have a gasket problem where one cylinder is feeding back to the other instead of the tank, which makes too much pressure for it.

So, since it's not working, I'd go ahead an pull the head to see what's going on - then you'll know if you need anything in addition to the gaskets.

Good luck.

Mar 30, 2016
Husky binds
by: Bill

Should we assume that the oil is good, changed, filled to the right level?

With the tank empty, have you removed and cleaned / checked the tank check valve?

When you remove the line from the pump to the tank to get at the check valve, run the compressor and note if, without load, whether the pump binds or not.

Mar 29, 2016
compressor binds
by: Anonymous

I have had it for 2 or 3 years now. Last fall it started to act up. It would go up to 90 psi and then bind up. I didn't use it all winter. Last weekend I tried it again and it goes to 50 psi and binds up. If I don't kill the power the belt will smoke.

Mar 28, 2016
by: Doug in

How long have you had it?
did this start pretty much all at once, or come on gradually over a session or several days?

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