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3hp, 200 litre, 16cfm clarke compressor running off 13 amp plug, the fuse keept blowing on start up every now and again but has become constant.

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Most types have a valve to start running clear and after switching to delta the valve must close. if there is not such a valve please check the checkvalve. you can try to start with empty tank. when it is ok then, it indicates a dirty checkvalve.

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