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MAC5200: safety valve goes off/cut-out pressue does not seem to be working properly. Is there a way I can test/adjust the pressure switch to resolve the problem.

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  • oruggles542 Mar 18, 2011

    Thanks again BillyMac1: I wrote down original cut-in

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Is this cutting out too low or too high, some switches are adjustable, there could be debris or sediment in the switch, if you can take it apart and clean the switch with a spray cleaning solvent try that first.
If you adjust anything write down and make a diagram, count your turns and record them on paper, dont over adjust a pressure switch, they all have a min and max setting, your tank is rated to shut off at a certain pressure limit for safety, increasing it can rupture the tank.

Posted on Mar 12, 2011

Testimonial: "Good Feedback. Seems to kick on fine. The problem is it does not cut-out before safety valve pin pops. I'll try cleaning."

  • Billy Mac Mar 13, 2011

    I work on some industrial air compressors, all air compressors have a rated pressure safety valve to blow when the pressure is too high, sometimes they get dirt in them and the will pop on and off, cleaning them with spray can sometimes fix it, or pulling on the safety valve manual test release ring a bunch of times with a full tank of air can clean out the dirt, it also may be doing its job, there is a pressure rating stamped on most valves, if your gauge is going past that rating fix the min/max pressure switch ASAP! Anything usually over 150 psi is too much for most compressors.

  • oruggles542 Mar 16, 2011

    Thank you. I reviewed specs

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