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There is many reason for this simptome ,
could be running capacitor ,, Pressure switch dirty or it going bad,, Or ,If you meen lick choking and conteniu going could be also your check valve ,,,
If you can post a video I will help you better ,
I need to hear what it doing ,

Campbell... | Answered on Sep 08, 2019


Try the start capacitor on the motor and the centrifugal switch inside the end cover of the motor.

Campbell... | Answered on Apr 27, 2019


There may be a reset button on or near the motor. If you see one push it. Also are you sure you have power at the outlet. In most garages built within the last 10 years all the outlets are protected by a GFCI outlet. Power runs through this outlet to all the others. Make sure it has not tripped. If you have voltage at the outlet where the compressor is plugged in and there is no reset button it has an internal breaker that should reset itself after the motor cools off. If it does not then the breaker may be bad or the on/off switch is bad. To make sure nothing is wrong with the connection at the outlet, plug it into another outlet without an extension cord just to make sure.

Campbell... | Answered on Apr 07, 2019


This fault indicates that there is too much back pressure on the pump causing the motor to strain. There is a check valve located at the tank that prevents pressurized air from returning to the compressor. Here is how to test for leaking check valve. With no air in the tank, run the compressor till you reach about 40psi and shut off the unit. Listen or air leaking out of the air filter or the pressure switch. Leaking air indicates bad check valve. If no leak, allow the compressor to reach fail condition, then unplug the compressor and immediately let out all the air and see if the compressor restarts easily. If the compressor will not restart with no air in the tank then may have failing capacitor (s). Easy to replace. ;Good luck with your repair.

Campbell... | Answered on Sep 05, 2018


You didn't provide all pertinent info available to you. Lets take what we have; and, consider why your compressor is overloading the circuit breaker. Points to ponder:

  1. Not knowing the exact model (not series) I don't know what the amperage pull is for your "extreme" compressor or the circuit breaker's rating. A 25 amp compressor connected to a 25 amp breaker could be an issue. Campbell Hausfeld's support pages are crashing so I can't check the possabilites.

  2. Are you using a lightweight extension cord? The lower the rating of an extension cord the higher the amp pull on the breaker. If you eliminate the extension cord does the problem go away? Ohm's Law applies. <http://www.ohmslawcalculator.com/ohms-law-calculator>

  3. What else is on this breaker? Is there other high-amp equipment in another room (water cooler, window air-conditioner, portable electric heater, etc.) pulling from this same circuit breaker.

  4. Is the circuit breaker not performing to specification? I've seen failing breakers trip early.

    First, check the owner's manual for power requirements. Next step, use no extension cord; and, insure nothing else is pulling power on that breaker. Then, use a different breaker and see if the problem follows the compressor. If all else checks out than I'd consider binding in the compressor causing the amp pull to be too high.

    Good Luck!

Campbell... | Answered on Aug 19, 2018


If you are getting power all the way to the motor and it doesn't even hum, then it's either a bad motor, or it may have an overload in the motor (usually a red or yellow button sticking out the back).

Sometimes the overloads go bad, and you can find them online and replace them yourself if you are handy.

Also make sure the pressure switch is closed.

Campbell... | Answered on Mar 27, 2018


No. Sounds like the reed valves have worn out.

Campbell... | Answered on Feb 08, 2018

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