fell over - stopped running, won't start.

by Novi 56
(Unadilla, GA USA)

My compressor was running fine, filling the tank when it vibrated off of a curb and fell on it's side.


I was inside, away from it for no more than two minutes.

It fell on the drive side and the pulley and fly wheel were jammed by the unit's weight pushing it into the dirt with the current on.

I up righted the unit and as I did so it started running again. Thought for about 20 seconds, that all was fine when it abruptly stopped.

I unplugged it, and checked the circuit to see if I'd kicked off a breaker; but that wasn't the case. I thought maybe there is relay in the motor to protect it from heat damage so I let it cool off. No dice, still won't run.

A visual inspection doesn't show me any reason it shouldn't run. Motor and pulley indicates the motor and the pump turn freely.

Any ideas?
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With tank empty and compressor off, pull, clean and replace the tank check valve. That isn't cause the start issue, but may become one if it's full of crud from the tank.

With the tank still empty, is power getting through the pressure switch to the motor cap? In other words, has the pressure switch tripped to on?

More info here as a comment, please.

Cheers,

Bill



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Apr 19, 2015
I have exact same problem
by: wchjr72

Sure wish someone would post a little more info on the issue.

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C3151 Porter Cable...leaks air at regulator knob

by Don
(Van Buren, ar, us)

Porter Cable C3151 - Photo: www.markandleah.com

Porter Cable C3151 - Photo: www.markandleah.com

C3151...builds pressure...shuts off....and then leaks at regulator knob...purchased new manifold assembly with new regulator on it...same builds..goes off...leaks at knob...kicks back on ??????
Frustrated
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Don, if you hadn't purchased a new manifold, the first thing I would suspect is that the regulator is in backwards.

Being a shrouded regulator, besides air blowing out beside the adjustment knob, how do you know it's the regulator? Make sure all fittings are tight.

Or,I suspect a diaphragm failure.

If you wish, much more extensive info on air regulators in available in my new eBook: Understanding Compressed Air Regulators.


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007T8JNDQ

Cheers,

Bill

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drain tank on porter cable pancake air compressor

by Douglas
(Frederick, MD)

should I drain my porter cable pancake air compressor after each use?
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Douglas, general recommendations, and mine, say yes, drain the tank after every use to allow the water that has accumulated in the tank while you are using the compressor to escape. That way, a puddle isn't sitting in the tank bottom working away at rusting the inside of what may be poorly sealed metal tank.

This is not a life or death issue, at least as far as you are concerned. Not draining the tank means that there is more water in the tank to get blown downstream when you next use the compressed air, and I expect your compressor tank will rust out sooner than if you did drain the tank after every use.

Cheers,

Bill

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My porter & cable air compresser tanks fills up but no air

by John
(West Chester, PA)

The tank fills but the regulated air is at "0". No air comes out of the hose to the nailer.

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Bill says...

What is the pressure on the tank gauge, John?

If you turn the knob on the regulator, can you set the pressure at all?

It sounds to me as though the regulator setting has been dialed down to zero PSI, which effectively shuts off the flow of air.

Let us know, OK?

Cheers,

Bill

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Nov 09, 2011
No outlet air to from pancake compressor.
by: Bill

Same problem. Porter Cable pancake compressor C2002. Tank pressure is about 150. Reading on outlet is zero. I turned regulator all way to the right. Nothing. Attached hose with quick connect. To hose attached tire inflation attachment. No air. I turned off unit, bled tank, then turned back on and refilled. Same - no air to outlet. Instructions are limited and I do not have any ideas. I welcome any suggestions.

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If you are saying that you turned the regulator knob and the regulator gauge reading (what is it no, zero?) does not change, and the gauge is not pooched, then your regulator is turned down to off. If you cannot open it, you may need another regulator.

With great care, insert a connector that is attached to an open line, holding the line securely, into the discharge coupler on the compressor. If air is not coming out, the regulator is pooched or off, or the connector is not opening the discharge coupling flow. There is a ball check at the back of the opening in the discharge coupler. That ball has to be opened by the connector or the air cannot flow. Is the connector the right one for the coupler?


Oct 30, 2011
John - Update
by: Anonymous

Bill- thanks. I tried adjusting the regulator but still no luck. My PSU in the tank is reaching 150 PSI. Any other thoughts? Thanks John

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John...tank pressure is 150 PSI, got that.

What does the gauge on the regulator indicate, and does it change at all when you turn the knob on the regulator?

By the way, how do you know you aren't getting air from the compressor? What tool are you trying to run, and how is it connected to the compressor.


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