Husky 80 gal compressor popping breaker at cut out

by Allen
(Santa Fe, Tx )

I have a new (6 week old) 80 gal Husky compressor that is blowing my 30 amp breaker just as the compressor is about to shut off. The compressor will start to run as needed then, just when the tank is at around 150 psi and is about to shut off, the breaker pops. It has worked perfectly for the first 6 weeks.

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Oct 05, 2014
Husky pops breaker
by: Allen

Matthew, It is rated at 26 amps and it has worked great for the first 6 weeks of service. It has just started popping the 30 amp breaker.

Oct 04, 2014
just a guess...
by: matthew

if it were me, i would put in a 40amp breaker and see if that fixed it...

what is it that the motor states for amp draw?

ooc

Oct 04, 2014
popping breaker
by: Doug in s.d.ca

Too bad you didn't include a model number.

However, that sounds a bit like a bad run capacitor.

There's a section on here on how to test. I'd start there.

But it's only six weeks old! you say, well there's something called 'infant mortality' (I kid you not) in electronics - and I think this could be a case.

If it is bad, then it should come under warranty.

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Husky compressor runs for about 5 seconds then trips the circuit breaker

by Wilson
(Bridgewater, MA)

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26 gallon Husky air compressor

I have a Husky 26 Gallon air compressor that trips the circuit breaker after 5 seconds of operation.

The motor is a 5HP Emerson motor. I have replaced the starter capacitor and it still trips the cuircuit. The motor is wired for 120V and is plugged directly into the electrical outlet without using an extension cord. The compressor is about 5 years old...maybe more but was rarely used.

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Sep 27, 2014
Hey Tim:
by: Doug in s.d.ca

If you truly have the 'exact same problem' then yes, it's likely to be the run cap.

Test it before you order. There's a switch in the motor that can also fail.

Sep 26, 2014
me too
by: Tim

I have the same compressor with the exact same problem. Did you find the solution?

Jul 29, 2014
Run capacitor?
by: Bill

As Doug's suggestion implies, you should test the run capacitor. See that page on this site.

Jul 28, 2014
Husky compressor
by: W Smith

Compressor cylinder wheel spins slowly then circuit trips. Yes it has a run Cap too. The tank is completely empty when this happens.

Jul 26, 2014
trips circuit breaker
by: Doug in s.d.ca

What happens in those five seconds before it trips?

Is there a run cap?

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HUSKY COMPRESSOR NEEDS RESETING EVERY TIME

by DARREN
(GEORGIA)

I HAVE A HUSKEY 5.5 HP 26 GALLON DIRECT DRIVE NO BELT THAT WILL RUN AND BUILD UP TO 120 PSI AND SHUT OFF. THATS GOOD BUT WILL NOT START BACK UP EVEN AFTER USING ALL THE AIR. IT TAKES ABOUT THE 20 MINUTES THAT THE STICKER SAYS FOR THE MOTOR TO RESET. I HAVE CHECKED AND THE MOTOR HAS 120 VOLTS. I KNOW THIS IS NOT RIGHT. I CAN TURN THE PUMP GOOD BY HAND, SO I GUESS I NEED A NEW MOTOR?

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Sep 30, 2014
Mybe overheating?
by: Bill

Darren, maybe you need a motor, maybe the motor just can't start against a load, and goes off on thermal reset.

If you can turn the pump by hand, it suggests that it's not mechanical in the pump.

Next time the compressor runs to full cut out pressure, do you hear the characteristic "pshhht" when it shuts off? That's the unloader valve working, and if you don't hear that it might indicate that your unloader valve isn't dumping the air over the cylinder, which adds to the start up load, and causes in some cases motor cut out.

Next issue is, see the page on this site about checking your motor capacitors. A weakened or failing start capacitor can cause motor overheating.

Good luck.

Bill

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