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California quiet air compressor leaking

Discussion in 'The Grumble' started by Frances M., Sep 13, 2018 at 2:17 AM.

  1. Frances M.

    Frances M. CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    My 2-year-old California compressor has been trouble free until recently - it's drain valve has started slightly leaking air when closed. Can't find any information online about the issue and wonder if anyone has dealt with this issue?
     
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  2. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    Test it by brushing some soapy water on it while pressurized, to see if the air is leaking from around the outside or from the outlet. If the outlet, it could have some grit in it, keeping it from closing completely. While the valve is open, use a pipecleaner or similar to clean it and then test again. If bubbles form around the outside, the valve may not be screwed securely into the tank. Tighten it. If the valve has gone bad, you could likely find a new compressor valve locally. I think they are pretty standard.
    :cool: Rick
     
  3. wpfay

    wpfay Angry Badger

    The drain valves are pretty common replacement parts on compressor tanks. If you don't have a local repair shop, you might look at Grainger on line.
    All the one's I have are made of brass which will corrode. And they also get build up from the condensate. You might try removing the valve and soaking it in LimeAway and see if it doesn't work better. I think you use a bit of teflon tape on the threads when replacing the valve.
     
  4. Frances M.

    Frances M. CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    Thanks to you both!
     
  5. monkey

    monkey CGF II, Certified Grumble Framer Level 2

    How do you like the California Quiet Air? Would you recommend it or if you had to buy another compressor would you buy it again?
     
  6. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I just bought my... third or fourth California Quiet Air. But I only need 1.

    One of them caught on fire after a few months, as we were pressurizing it for the morning.

    The other 2 or 3 stopped being "silent" and started being "chainsaw sounding" after a few months. Like so loud, you'd think a train was next to you, from several rooms away.

    This summer I looked up the cost of parts to repair, vs buy a new one, and I just decided a month ago to buy a new one... again. So we'll say my 3rd one in 7 years.
     
  7. Pat Murphey

    Pat Murphey SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    ...Compared to the economics of a $1200 Jun-Air still running quietly after 23 years (never turned off),
     
  8. cjmst3k

    cjmst3k SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    I've probably spent (assuming 3 compressors, since the one that caught fire I returned) about $500 or $600, as they are about $160 to $200 per unit.

    Aside from major tools like my Pistorius saw, Pistorius v-nailer and VacuSeal 4468h press which are all top-of-the-line and were bought new, items like compressors I've felt are actually less expensive to purchase and throw out every 2 or 3 years, rather than buy one 5x to 10x the price, but have the cost of maintaining them to offset that high expense.

    Fire is the main concern, which I hope is rare. I've set a protocol after that fire (which luckily my employee caught in time) where we keep the store keys by the master-off switch for the compressor, so we don't accidentally leave it on overnight, to prevent it running when we're not here (to prevent a fire when we can't stop it).

    The new one we just bought, its darn quiet, it cost me about $160, and I anticipate having to throw it out in 2020. For $6 per month, that is an acceptable loss, in my opinion.
     
  9. Rick Granick

    Rick Granick SPFG, Supreme Picture Framing God

    HERE is another ultra-quiet compressor sold at Menards. If you go to their main site and search on "quiet compressor" you'll see that they also carry quite a few different California Air models.
    :cool: Rick
     
  10. David Waldmann

    David Waldmann SGF, Supreme Grumble Framer

    Dollars don't come just out of your bank account. What is the value of your time and peace of mind? Since those are intangible, some will ascribe higher value than others.
     
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