Alton AT01204-6 compressor won't turn on
by Dave Hershberger
(Burr Oak, MI)
My compressor had been working fine except a bit sluggish coming on at times during this cold weather we've had here in S.W. Michigan. Now it won't start. I bought it new and it hasn't had heay usage.
In any case I have taken a plastic motor cover/support off to try to get to wiring to check current into compressor and out to motor. You can't see the ends of the wires at armature to check current there coming from the "pressure/Switch" housing wires. I am uncertain how to remove the pressure switch housing (plastic cover) to get to the point where the wires connect and go to motor and capacitor. So I can check current there. There appears to be continuity on the large white capacitor on top of the armature area of the motor whether the switch is on or not if that is of an concern as it relates to starting the motor.
Any tips on this issue would be greatly appreciated as I can't seem to locate a service manual on the compressor and the user or parts manual does not show any parts for the switch or how to remove housing cover ot switch button to check electric or clean the switch or anything inside the unit.