20 gall electric kobalt compressor sparks in the on/off switch

by rene
(richmond va)

Kobalt 20 gallon air compressor

Kobalt 20 gallon air compressor

20 gal electric Kobalt compressor sparks in the on/off switch


start the compressor and it runs fine. if i turn it off and turn it back on i can see sparks inside the switch and the compressor motor will hum for a few seconds then will start and run. i let my neighbor use the compressor and he left it outside in the rain for a nite im concern if water got in the switch?

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Aug 20, 2014
Water in switch?
by: Bill

Yeah, likely, Rene. It sounds as though the switch is shorting a bit.

I'm not sure what your model is, but I uploaded an image of a 20 gallon Kobalt air compressor. If this one is like yours then you will want to get the shroud off and have a look under the hood to see the condition of the switch.

This type of rocker switch is not expensive, typically have only two wires attached, and you should be able to get one to pop in the same spot.

Bill

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