air regulator problem

I have a porter cable model C 2005 type 4 pancake air compressor

it builds up air to 150 psi but won;t let the air out. I troubled
shooted and found the air regulator is the problem. Is there a
repair kit avaiable for the regulator?

Possibly, but doubtful you can find one from a big box store, Gordon.

If the symptom is no air out of the hose, then see that page in the troubleshooting section on the sitemap page for things to check.

Maybe a local industrial pneumatic shop can find you a regulator repair kit, though I suspect that the parts, and trying to learn how to disassemble and reassemble the old regulator will cost you a lot more than the $20-$30 for a new one would.

It were my compressor, I'd simply replace the regulator.


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Sep 06, 2017
Porter cable 2002
by: Anonymous

It seems like the problem of having plenty of compressed air in the tank and none in the regulator on these compressors is pretty common. Does anyone know if Porter Cable fixes these problems for free. Sounds like cheap plastic parts start to break and the regulator won't allow air through?

Apr 02, 2016
Porter Cable Air Compressor - no air releasing
by: Anonymous

I had the same problem. The plastic center in the regulator had broken. I tried twice, unsuccessfully, to plastic weld the center back in and it wouldn't hold. So I found a short bolt in the garage that threaded through the hole of the outer part perfectly, applied some gorilla glue to the base of the bolt, and threaded it through. Once it was in and seated, I applied a thin line of glue to the inside to create a good seal and it works perfectly. The flat part of the bolt is metal and presses down on the regulator tip perfectly. The bolt is small enough to go through the spring, and the glue created a seal so no leakage. Best of all, it was free.

Jul 30, 2015
No air in hose
by: Anonymous

The "no air" problem on the pancake compressor is there is a plastic part inside the regulator knob at the end of a spring that presses against a valve. The plastic center will break off so the tank will build pressure but no pressure is available on the hose side. There is a good illustration of the problem on youtube. I called Porter Cable and they refuse to sell the plastic piece which would cost about 50 cents. They told me I'd have to purchase the entire regulator which I've seen priced as high as $50.00. I will buy another manufacturer's compressor before giving them $50. What a rip.

Oct 30, 2013
Air won't come out
by: Walt

I had a similar problem with my compressor and was about to replace the regulator. I tried another air hose and it worked perfectly. Those pesky dirt dabbers had plugged my hose.

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