porter cable pancake style wont run

by carpentercarl
(charlotte nc)

porter cable pancake style comp. I have power all the way to the on/off switch, but it wont come on. what could it be?


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Bill says...

Carl, if the power supply hasn't changed, and you have power to the switch, dump all the air from the tank, and then check to see if power is flowing from the switch to the motor. Is it?

With the tank empty, when you power up the compressor, any sound made... anything happen?

Cheers,

Bill

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Jan 07, 2012
power? - with the tank empty it doesn't do anything
by: carpentercarl

Thank you for such a fast response, with the tank empty it doesn't do anything. I have the comp. apart and the fuse looks ok and I have power at all the wire connections. Kinda baffled. Thanks again carl

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Carl, if the switch is pooched, then you might have power to the switch, but with the switch on, if the power isn't getting to the motor circuit, then the motor cannot start.

If the power is getting through the switch then my next check would be the capacitor. If it's pooched via a short, that could be the power block, and nothing would happen when you powered up.

Bill


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WILL NOT BUILD PRESSURE

I HAVE A C2005 TYPE 2 PORTER CABLE COMPRESSOR. TURN IT ON , IT WILL GO TO 20PSI AND THATS ALL AND IT KEEPS RUNNING, WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM. THANKS EMERY

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Bill says...

Hi Emery. There are a number of things that could be the problem. You can see a page linked from the TROUBLESHOOTING page... "compressor will not build pressure".

In order of frequency, it's likely that you've got a valve (intake or high pressure) failing, a gasket that lets go at 20 PSI and allows air to circulate rather than go into the tank, a gummed up tank check valve... how's that to start.

Is the compressor sucking in air in the intake?

Cheers,

Bill

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porter cable cfp23400s - will not shut off

by DON TANIER
(HORTON MICH)

builds up presser but will not shut off .? put new presser switch on still the same.

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Don, builds up pressure past the normal cut out pressure level, keeps running, and then the PRV lets go?

If that's the case, it is the pressure switch that is the issue. It is the pressure switch that shuts off power to the motor when the pressure in the tank reaches the cut out pressure level. If the pressure in your tank passes the normal cut out level and the compressor keeps running, then it is the switch.

However, if the compressor keeps running but the pressure in the tank never reaches the cut out level, then you need to read the pages linked from TROUBLESHOOTING / compressor will not build pressure.

Cheers,

Bill



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Drain valve won't close

After draining condensation, drain valve is leaking air

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Bill says...

It is possible debris is in the valve.

Run the compressor until you have pressure in the tank, unplug or shut off the compressor, and rotate the drain valve all the way open, and then all the way close.

Any debris coming out? You may have to do this a number of times. Also, depending on the style of drain valve, you may be able to push a straw or some such into the drain valve to try and dislodge debris.

Failing that, dump all the air, and change the valve.

Cheers,

Bill

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