I've got a 18 (or so) gallon no-name compressor I bought 6 or 7 years ago at the local Auto Zone parts store. I don't recall the specs, but it's your average 120v oil-lubed hobbyist compressor with an 18 gallon (or so) horizontal tank on wheels. Definitely not for a production environment, but it's blown every time I've asked it to, so I figure I've gotten my money's worth for the $200 it cost. I use it primarily for blowing dust off things (including myself), and occasionally it powers my brad and pin nailers. I don't spray with it, since it's underpowered, plus I have a separate (cheapie) HVLP system that works great for my needs.
This morning right before leaving to go to work I noticed oil has been leaking from the head of the compressor onto the tank. Not just a little, either. Aside from adding some more oil, I have no clue what to try to do to fix it, or if it'd even be worth trying to fix it. So the questions:
Should I bother trying to find what's leaking trying to fix it? I'm guessing it's a blown seal, but I have no idea where I'd find a replacement. Any ideas? If I can't fix it, I'll probably just keep putting oil in it and run it until it seizes.
If I decide to replace it, what would you recommend? As much as I'd like a nice big Ingersol-Rand standing in the corner of the shop, I don't have the money, 240v power, or space for that class of machine. I'm looking for something that'll drive small nailers and a blower nozzle, fit in a relatively small space, run on 120v power, and leave enough money in my wallet to buy LOML a little something for Christmas. The quieter the better. Any recommendations?