Air compressor help

Sean Jones

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I don't recall seeing this build up of residue when I first got my compressor. Now I get this residue with the consistency of talcum powder when I empty the tank. I empty the tank after each session.
Is this normal? I'm suspecting it isn't. Do I need to put the compressor in a cleaner environment and run a longer hose?
Thanks for any input

 

tkroenlein

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Well, I'll add if it doesn't make more and more every time you drain it, I wouldn't worry about it. If it increases, there might be an issue.
 

MTBob

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I would expect to see some condensation, though not much in your location. How frequently have you been seeing this powder - is it a new compressor? Does the stuff coming out of the tank melt when heated (possibly a fiber seal material of some sort?) And, why drain the tank so often, it shouldn't be necessary.
 

52 Ford

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On a serious note, it may be soda blast or scale from welding, I don't think those tanks are painted on the inside or lined like a water heater.
Good thought. I don't think any of my compressors are painted on the inside. I know none of my big compressors are.

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52 Ford

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I don't recall seeing this build up of residue when I first got my compressor. Now I get this residue with the consistency of talcum powder when I empty the tank. I empty the tank after each session.
Is this normal? I'm suspecting it isn't. Do I need to put the compressor in a cleaner environment and run a longer hose?
Thanks for any input

Taste it.

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Sean Jones

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I would expect to see some condensation, though not much in your location. How frequently have you been seeing this powder - is it a new compressor? Does the stuff coming out of the tank melt when heated (possibly a fiber seal material of some sort?) And, why drain the tank so often, it shouldn't be necessary.
It's fairly new. I've had it about four months and it didn't get a lot of use at first. Now I use it all the time. I'll test some of the residue next time with a torch and see what I get.

As far as draining the tank daily, that's per the manual.
 

52 Ford

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You ever figure out what that stuff coming out of your compressor is?

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Sean Jones

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You ever figure out what that stuff coming out of your compressor is?

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No. It's been working OK. I'm thinking the filters that are on the unit aren't fine enough for some of the stuff that gets into it. I'm setting up a box fan with some filters on it to the filter the air and see if that helps. Other than that, I really have no idea. I'll just keep monitoring it and see how it goes.
 

52 Ford

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No. It's been working OK. I'm thinking the filters that are on the unit aren't fine enough for some of the stuff that gets into it. I'm setting up a box fan with some filters on it to the filter the air and see if that helps. Other than that, I really have no idea. I'll just keep monitoring it and see how it goes.
Gotcha. If you unscrew a port on the reciever tank, you can wash it out with a garden hose. I've done that to all of my big compressors. Unless you can actually see the dust in the air the whole time your pump is running, I don't think that'd be the issue. Not saying you shouldn't try to clean the air up in the shop - that's always a good thing. Either something weird in the tank left over from manufacturing, a result of the pump breaking in (rings wearing it, etc), or a cartel got sloppy and left some... product... in the tank.

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Sean Jones

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Gotcha. If you unscrew a port on the reciever tank, you can wash it out with a garden hose. I've done that to all of my big compressors. Unless you can actually see the dust in the air the whole time your pump is running, I don't think that'd be the issue. Not saying you shouldn't try to clean the air up in the shop - that's always a good thing. Either something weird in the tank left over from manufacturing, a result of the pump breaking in (rings wearing it, etc), or a cartel got sloppy and left some... product... in the tank.

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Thanks for the tip on washing out with a garden hose. I'll give that a try.

I'm starting to lean towards the cartel story. It's the most interesting explanation at any rate.
 
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