Pressure holding at 30 psi Craftsman 60 Gallon Compressor
I have a similar problem. mine is holding at 30 psi, and there is no air leaking at all. I imagine the compression isnt building up because I can free wheel the fan & crank. I have the cover off, and everything looks okay.
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This is usually caused by long extension cord, leaking check valve or weak capacitor. Most likely leaking check valve. Easy to check, run compressor for a couple of minutes and shut off. Listen for air leaking from pressure switch or at the intake filter. If leaking, let out air and remove check valve and look for debris stuck under the valve seat. To find the checkvalve, follow the air discharge tube from the head of the compressor to the tank. You should find a brass or chrome valve threaded into the tank. If check valve is not leaking, suspect weak capacitor or long cord (motor shop will test cap for free). Good luck
Your compressor is leaking air somewhere between the compressor head and the tank. With the compressor running, feel carefully around the ends of the tube that leads from the compressor head to the air tank. You will probably feel some air leaking around one end or the other. If so... remove the tube and find out which packing has failed.
If your compressor is oil-less type, most likely pressure is leaking past piston ring. To verify, remove cover to expose bottom of cylinder (unplug compressor and let out all air). With flashlight, examine the upper-most part of the cylinder (turn motor by hand till piston is at top of stroke). If top of cylinder is scratched, then pressure is leaking past. For many years now, stores are in a race to have more HP and PSI to attract customers. Customer is really the loser because components used to make the units can not handle the higher pressure. Normally small 115v compressors are set to cut out at 125psi and larger two stage units will cut out at 160psi. Small compressor set to 200psi makes for short lived compressor. Could be compared to driving your car at 100mph all day every day. Longest life is attained when unit is being used at about 60 to 75 % of capacity. To allow your compressor to reach cutout pressure and keep working for a while, lower cutout to 120psi (pressure switch may be adjustable). To restore to 200psi, replace cylinder/ ring. If your compressor is oil type, suspect leaking reed valves.
i am assuming this is an oil less compressor as I have never seen a crapsman compressor that is not you need to feel around the head and see if there is air leaking anywhere usually around the tube that goes to the tank or the pressure relief valve
Here are the specs on your compressor: Electric Single Stage Air Compressor, Motor Running Power 5.0 HP, Free Air Flow @ Maximum Pressure 16.1 CFM, Free Air Flow @ 90 psi 18.0 CFM, Maximum Pressure 135 PSI, Phase Single, Voltage Rating 230 Volts, Current Rating 21.5 Amps, Tank Capacity 60 Gallons, Tank Type Vertical, Height 71 Inches, Length 20 Inches, Width 30 Inches, NPT Outlet (F) 1/2 Inch, 60 Hz
Good luck with your new comressor.
Your comperssor is oilless type and suffers from short cylinder / piston life. When the compressor no longer reaches cycle pressure the cylinder / piston should be replaced. These parts are available at www.chpower.com I believe that the part number is wl210300aj. Not expensive, enjoy.