Model #SP-CE358TM STEELE PRODUCTS Air compressor

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compressor not building up air in tank SPCE358TM Steele Products Compressor


Thank You for choosing Sears and being a valued member. It is unfortunate to hear that you are having issues with your air compressor and I do understand your frustration. Glad to help out. I'm looking at your model number SPCE358TM and the problem could very well be the reeds. Start the compressor up and hold your hand just over the air intake and see if you feel air blowing from the intake onto your hand. If you feel air blowing out of the intake then the valve assembly is bad. If you do not feel air coming from the intake and everything has been checked then it's mostly likely the piston ring on the pump. If the tank is sealed, and not leaking from a drain bolt or seam, then there may be a problem with the pump unit itself. 

Worn piston and ring assemblies or valve plates can make it difficult for the pump to build the proper pressure and some models use a belt to drive the pump so any slipping there could also be a factor. 

A completely failed part would prevent any pressure building at all, but a sticking check valve or poor sealing pump components might still allow the pump to build pressure to a certain point. Once the pressure reached a certain level it could overcome the seal on the components and prevent them from building more pressure. The result would be partial pressure built-up in the tank. Here is a link that may help with some additional troubleshooting. Just click the blue link above to be taken to the page. I trust this information will help you.


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Sears Technician
January 27, 2015

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