Model 919.167320 compressor won't start.

by Scott Moody
(St. Petersburg, FL)

I have a Craftsman Model 919.167320 compressor. It is several years old, but has been used less that a dozen times. Still looks new. Recently it started tripping the breaker before it started, then wouldn't start at all. Pressure is holding at 40psi and I don't hear any leaks. The start capacitor was bad, so I replaced it but the unit still won't start and trips the breaker.

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If you try and start it with the tank empty of air, Scott, does it work then, or not?

Bill

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Craftsman will not restart

by Richard
(Detroit, Michigan)

3 HP, 20 gal tank. When I first start compressor up it runs fine until it builds up pressure and then shuts off. When I am using it and the seitch goes on when the pressure gets lower, the motor stalls; it tries to turn but its like it binds up.
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Hi Richard...

Empty the tank, start it, and let it run up to cut out pressure. Monitor the unloader valve. Did it work on cut out?

Cheers,

Bill

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5lb. compressor that won"t start...only hums.

by Tim
(Canada)

I've only used my new 5lb. Craftsman oil air compressor 5 or 6 times. I recently started it and it ran for a few minutes then stopped and now only buzzes. Does running this in cold weather cause a problem? What can I do?

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Bill says...

Tim, see the site map page, Troubleshooting section, for information about cold weather and compressors.

"it ran for a few minutes then stopped and now only buzzes" is symptomatic of a power issue. Not enough power to the motor, or the motor is overloaded. You might want to check your capacitors. See electrical troubleshooting for a link to that page.

Cheers,

Bill


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Sep 28, 2013
junk air compressor
by: mike

I BOUGHT THIS COMPRESSOR AND USED IT ABOUT 10 TIMES. I THEN WOULD TURN IT ON AND IT WOULD BUILD PRESSURE. IT WOULD THEN REFUSE TO REBUILD PRESSURE AFTER I USED IT. IT WOULD TRY TO START BUT COULDN'T. A WHILE AFTER THAT I RECEIVED I RECALL LETTER SAYING THAT THE MOTOR SHROUD WOULD BE REPLACED BECAUSE IT WAS CAUSING THE UNIT TO OVERHEAT. MY PROBLEMS WERE SOLVED! WRONG! AFTER 3 HOURS ON THE PHONE, 4 MONTHS OF WAITING ON THE PART THEY SENT ME THE SAME SHROUD THAT I HAD. I CALLED TO VERIFY THE PART SENT AND IT WAS CORRECT..IT DID NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. ANOTHER 2 HOURS ON THE PHONE AND 4 PEOPLE DISCUSSING THIS WITH ME THEY AGREED TO SEND A SERVICE TECH OUT...HA...HA...HA... THE GUY GOT THERE AND SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW A THING ABOUT AIR COMPRESSORS AND LEFT.YES I CALLED BACK...NOTHING. SINCE THEN I HAVE REPLACED ABOUT EVERY PART EXCEPT THE MOTOR INTERNALS. IT STILL DOES NOT WORK.SEARS KNOWS ABOUT THE PROBLEMS WITH THIS 300 DOLLAR GARAGE ART. THEY SHOULD GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK.

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Craftsman 919.167310 regulator doesn't work right

by Chuck
(Kimberling City, MO)

My Craftsman 919.167310 vertical air compressor regulator started leaking air.

I purchased a new regulator. OEM part number is D20643. The Substitution part number is: D20643 Quote from Sears Parts Direct website. "This is a manufacturer substitution. Part may differ in appearance but is a functional equivalent to prior parts including D20643"

My problem is, it looks the same as the OEM part but my the new regulator keeps the same pressure as the main tank pressure. I can't regulate the pressure to my tools.

They sent me a 2nd replacement regulator but it does the same thing. Any ideas on what may be going on? The regulator is installed with an arrow pointing in the direction with the flow.

Any Ideas at all?
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Well, Sears is right about the functionality. You don't need to use an OEM regulator. Any general purpose regulator you get that fits the footprint will work just fine.

I know you are saying that the arrow is pointing in the direction of flow, however, the symptom suggests that the regulator is in backwards.

Remove the regulator and turn it around and see if this makes any difference. Please post a comment here with your findings.

Cheers,

Bill

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