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Old 06-25-2007, 09:59 PM
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I know the topic of draining a compressor has been discussed.My question is Im gone a month at a time and sometimes my compressor bleeds down will this harm it thanks......Randy

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Old 06-25-2007, 10:12 PM
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Don't know that it will actually harm it, but it does have to run like hell when you first turn it on to build up. It doesn't have a main shut off valve??? We have a main valve on ours at work and mine at home. They generally only have to run 3 to 5 min and they are topped off and ready to go. Brian
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It would be best to fix your leaks,
I've heard it's better to not keep stressing the metal by
the constant lowering and raising the pressure, that's why
it's recommended not to completely empty it every day.
But as far as a month at a time, I doubt if it's an issue for you.
But still, I would trace and fix the leaks if possible.
A spray bottle of soapy water works real good.
I had some stubborn ones that I couldn't seem to keep fixed,
until I tried RTV sealant (the gasket stuff), that has worked
better than anything I've tried. (FYI)
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Definitely find those leaks! A shut off valve at the tank should solve the leak down problem while you are away but it will not help during use where even a small leak eventually adds a lot of wasted run time to your compressor. The tank leaking down to zero monthly should not be a major concern but it will cause unnecessary wear and tear on the pump/motor due to the prolonged run times when charging that empty tank and in the case of some cheaper compressors with large tanks the duty cycle could even be exceeded causing overheating, while this would probably be only a minor condition it still is unnecessary wear. If the compressor STILL leaks down even with the shut off valve at the tank (it probably won't but definitely check it!) then you may have a problem that needs immediate repair. The back flow valve at the tank inlet from the pump would have to leaking for this to happen letting the compressed air leak back into the pump which will most likely cause an overload on the motor due excessive start up loads and would require repair PDQ!.
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hi,if you sometimes leave for a month or so,unplug the comp,leave the drain valves open while you are gone,but first,find and repair the leaks.
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hi,if you sometimes leave for a month or so,unplug the comp,leave the drain valves open while you are gone,but first,find and repair the leaks.
Shut off the power for sure but for what reason would you want to leave the drain valves open?
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:14 PM
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thanks for the answers guys but I think it leaked down that first time is it must have had something in the shutoff valve it hasnt leaked down anymore
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