I just ‘inherited’ an RA250E20 compressor. It runs fine, but needs a few maintenance items. While looking online for them, I found a RECALL on the unit, due to the tanks exploding.
Looks like the guy who originally owned this used it a LOT. He had no problems with it. I can inspect the inside tank to see if any rust is visible. If not, or otherwise, is it critical to take this out of service?
Also, is there a way to get a new tank for it from IR or DeVilbiss? IR says they give 100 bux for the whole unit + return shipping, or 200 bux towards a new one. But that’s unreasonable, considering that this one still works, and a new one is 3x what this one originally cost (plus, the new ones are VERY noisy in comparison).
What’s the expert’s opinion on this?
$200 credit OR $100 cash
by: Doug in s.d.ca.
“Hardware and construction supply stores nationwide sold the air compressors from 1983 through 1991 for between $150 and $400.
Air compressor receiver tanks do not have an infinite life. Tank life is dependent upon several factors, some of which include operating conditions, ambient conditions, proper installations, field modifications, and the level of maintenance. The exact effect of these factors on air receiver life is difficult to predict. Due to the current age of these products, Ingersoll-Rand is voluntarily undertaking this action to take these products out of service.
Consumers should stop using the air compressors immediately and contact Ingersoll-Rand for instructions on returning the compressor, freight paid. Consumers will have the option of being sent a check for $100.00 or receiving a $200.00 credit towards the purchase of a new DD2T2 air compressor. For more information, consumers can contact Ingersoll-Rand at (877) 552-2952 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s web site at www.air.ingersoll-rand.com (note recall no longer available on firm’s web site).”
So, the things are somehow often defective, or there would not be a recall. Maybe, if you get it certified (pressure tested), you can use it, but I’d be very wary otherwise. It does not appear to me that rust was a factor, but poor materials.
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