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High temperature and pressure in air compressor

It is found that the air compressor has high load which leads to have high temperature and pressure in air compressor

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  • Dan Todd May 11, 2010

    Can you tell us which compressor you have, including mdl 3, and which kind of tools you are running on it?



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I just saw the part about where you have high pressure. Are you using the regulator to regulate not only tank pressure but pressure going to tool? If the tank regulated pressure isn't working, that would account for both high pressure AND high temp. You can buy regulators relatively inexpensive. And don't for get to drain the condensation everytime you use it, or daily if it is a work tool.

Try dropping the tank pressure down to 150 PSI if you haven't done so. Tap the glass on the guage several times to make sure the needle isn't stuck.

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