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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 07, 8:12 PM Thread Starter
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air compressor drain valve?

I've got a Craftsman 30 gallon vertical air compressor that I can't get the drain valve to seal. No matter what position it is in it will still leak air. I looked at the parts diagram and it only shows a metal drain valve but my question is should there be a rubber washer on this valve somewhere? I unscrewed the valve entirely out and there is no kind of rubber seal anywhere on it. I tried putting thread compound on the threads and screwing it back in but still leaks. My hunch is the rubber seal pulled off inside the tank but does anyone know for sure? I'm about 20 miles from the nearest Sears and with the price of gas and all.......

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 07, 11:44 PM
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Re: air compressor drain valve?

Are the threads tapered (pipe threads?). If so, just buy a petcock and replace it with that. If they are not, you will have to find something that works or have a coupling welded into the tank so you can use pipe threads.

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

I did notice that they were fine threads but will have to check when I get home from work to see if they were tapered. Thanks for the advice.

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Where is it leaking, at the threads?
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 20th, 07, 10:28 AM
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My Craftsman has a cheap petcock with tapered seat (works like a brake bleeder), there's no other seal as far as I know. Looks kind of like those cheap, flimsy things you see on old radiators. It's not leaking (yet...), but I'm more afraid that it will stick and break one day. I have some ball valves that I think will be more reliable, just haven't put one on yet.

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

I have the same problem on my 60 gallon craftsman "professional". I havent had a chance to un-wire it and flip it over, but I'm pretty sure the valve is just junk. I will probably try to replace it someday, but at least for now it lets the water get out of there on its own!

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

I do repair on CH compressors, I see some other brands as well.
If the valve is leaking, all you can do is replace it.
If it's the tank/valve threads, it "should" be 1/4 npt thread (pipe), use teflon tape, or liquid thread sealer.
If it's some goofy custom straight thread, thread sealer won't work.
Try a new copper or nylon washer.

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

One option I totally forgot about is that new 1/4-turn, self-cleaning ball valve they sell now as water stops for sinks. I just replaced the faucet on our bathroom vanity, and as the water stops crapped out (not totally unexpected... ) when I tried to close them, I replaced them with this new type. They were really neat, compared to the old style that always seems to malfunction in one way or another. We'll see how they hold up in the long run, but they seem to be good quality pieces and come as straight or angled. Don't know about the pressure rating, but they might work for a compressor as well.

BTW: Why is it that the water stops always take a crap before the faucets? They are there to make it possible to replace a faucet without shutting off the main supply line, but you always end up shutting the main line and replacing or repairing the water stops when you replace a faucet anyway. And IMO, they are more cumbersome to replace than the faucet itself. Sorry, I know that it's off topic, just needed to get it off my chest.

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

On my shop compressor I run an elbow and some pipe out to an easy access
and have two stainless ball valves in line for draining water. Completely
leak free and simple draining. You probably don't need two on a smaller home unit.

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

I think something like a rubber washer must have come off the drain valve because when I turn it clockwise to close the valve it will continue to screw all the way out until it falls out of the tank! And I'm sure this isn't supposed to happen. I'll be headed to Sears to get a new valve. I checked online and it's a $4.93 part but would cost me an extra $5.99 to ship it! Sure hope I didn't break something inside the tank and it will always leak but that would be my luck! It seems to work fine turning it counter clockwise as the drain valve screws into the tank and I can feel all the air coming out of the hole in the valve but when I turn it clockwise to close it the thing never hits a sweet spot where air doesn't come out the hole or the threads although it's difficult to tell where the air is coming from. But the dang thing unscrews all the way out which doesn't seem right.

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When I buy another compressor I will be putting an automatic drain valve on mine. I have them at work on our compressors. They drain every hour for about 10-15 seconds. They work really good.

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Re: air compressor drain valve?

My Craftsman compressor did the same thing. The petcock they use in their compressors are cheap junk. I bought a replacement petcock from somewhere other than Sears, and so far so good.

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