kobalt 215914 compressor won't start ... came on and then smoke

by jeff
(mocksville nc)

compressor came on and then smoke. Now the motor tries to start for about a second and stops for a few seconds and then repeats. I'm sure something burned up inside...how do I resolve this...thanks


kobalt 215914....built in 2005...22 gallon. used very lightly....

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Bill says...

Jeff, what was the source of the smoke?

When you dump all the air and try to start it, is there any change? Will it start with the tank empty?

If still no, then you may have fried the start capacitor. See the page on this site for checking the capacitor.

Cheers,

Bill

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Jan 09, 2012
I have the same issue
by: Anonymous

I have the same issue with my unit. Cycles on and off repeatedly even under no pressure situation. I jumpped the wires around the circuit board to make sure hat wasn't the issue and got the same result. could it be the motor overload protection switch?

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Sounds as though it might be a wiring issue. To test the overload switch, take it out of the circuit briefly, and see what changes.


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Kobalt 1.5 hp on off switch

by bill m
(sunland, ca)

doesn't work. It is a Kobalt 1.5 hp, 26 gallon. With the top cover off, you can use a screwdriver to 'flick' a secondary switch or relay, that will then turn the compressor on. It seems like something must have broken off inside the switch.
Where can I buy a new switch?

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Bill says...

Bill, visit your local Lowes store and ask what shop they use to fix their Kobalt air compressors under warranty. That shop should be able to help.

If Lowes doesn't have a local shop, check the other stores that sell air compressors to see if they have a local repair shop. See those folks.

Cheers,

Bill

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Nov 09, 2015
Kobalt air compressor
by: Anonymous

I'm having the same issue. Does anyone have a picture of the proper wiring setup for the compressor? I'm thinking some of the wires are mixed causing it to smoke upon startup

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