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My compressor is not holding any air in the tank, what is wrong?

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I would check all threaded fitting and tighten any that are loose. Make sure that tank drain does not have some rust or other debris that would stop it from closing completely. Check for any pinholes or cracks in air hoses.A easy way to find leaks on a air hose is to use large tub or bucket filled with water and run hose thru it and look for bubbles.
Also check o-rings on pressure reulator for any wear,and emergency blow down valve is soequipped.I hope this helps you some. Thank you

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