Compressor Will Not Start


Compressor will not start? That is one of the most frustrating things to the home handyperson and compressor owner. We just want to use our air tools, and the danged compressor will not start! You are not alone.

First, here is a page with the common reasons why a compressor will not start. Have a look and see what applied to your air compressor problem.

Then, below is a form that you can use to ask a question about what to do when your compressor will not start, after you have reviewed the page about this issue.

Please scroll below the form and see all the questions and answers already posted about this subject. I suspect that you will find that someone else has already posted about what you are experiencing and the solution to this vexing compressor problem may already be there.

Compressor still not starting? Then send in your question and tell us what you have already checked, will you?

And, if you've got a suggestion about solving any of the other "compressor will not start" problems, please comment on that post to help someone else.

My thanks,

Bill

Ask What to do when your Compressor Will Not Start?

Read postings at the bottom of the page to see if it's already covered. If not, tell us about your problem.

Some of the reasons why your compressor will not start are listed below.

Click below to see the problems others have had when their compressor will not start.

Compressor shuts down for days. 
I have a compressor from homedepot. I can run it for a few cycles then it will cut off. For days at a time even if I bleed the tank

No start, no noise. 
Proforce 11 gal 120v. rarely used. Wont start, no noise at all. Pressure switch has power coming out to motor and capacitor wire, but no power at capacitor …

The compressor motor starts to turn then stops.  
I have two compressors that are doing the exact same thing. They worked fine and then I put them up in storage and now they don't want to run. The first …

New motor, power to motor, but compressor motor will not run 
i bought a new motor for my compressor. I wired it up, and it would not start, even with power to the motor so I figured the motor was bad and sent it …

Compressor won't do anything no sounds no movement 
Meter shows power from pressure switch good Power at reset button good , even by passed reset and nothing Can't get no readings from Capacitors …

borewell compressor motor starting problem? 
when i start my borewell compressor motor it does not start another tyle of sound is coming out when switched on? When i rotate the fan it starts ?

Motor Humming not starting 
When you turn it on it just humms and cuts off and humms and cuts off.

cold starting 
Hello I've been reading through the trouble shooting page but am not familiar with the parts such as capacitor unloaded valve etc. My problem is it …

Apollo dental compressor will not start after replacing pressure switch 
I have an apollo dental compressor that was working fine until I changed the pressure switch due to wear and tear.Since this said switch change , the compressor …

King Canada model 8459 will not reset 
Compressor tripped and now will not reset. King Canada model 8459

Alton model 01205-11 3hp compressor burps on startup 
Alton model 01205-11 3hp 11 gall compressor and starting issues On turning on the above compressor it will make a few burping sounds but will not run …

1950's Greiff compressor - no unloading/checkvalve? 
Hi. The other day I bought an old 2 cylinder, one stage compressor. The brand is Greiff (Swedish) and it's belt driven by a 4.5 Hp 3-phase motor, controlled …

HDX 2 gallon stoped working 
my hdx 2 gallon compressor stopped working. I have not found a reset button. Ideas?

150 l 220vac air compressor hums on restart 
Hi When I start the unit up from scratch, ie no air in tank, it start perfectly and builds up pressure to the cutoff point with no problem. Then I …

Compressor won't start without a kick 
Will not start motor has huming noise. If i give the compressor pulley a kick start it will run fine

AO Smith Compressor No Start 
Need some input on figuring this out. Bought a brand new but never used air compressor from an individual, three years old, never hooked up. They bought …

Starting a 3hp 20 gallon compressor 
Acting just like a start capacitor. Gives a half crank and stalls till breaker trips. I'm leaning towards a start cap. My only question is …

My air compressor just will not start 
COMPRESSOR WILL NOT START. WHEN I TURN ON BREAKER, MOTOR HAS LOUD BUZZ AND WILL NOT START. __________________ Danny, post a comment to this thread with …

My compressor will not start - it just hums 
If I disconnect the air line and spin the motor shaft it will start.I could run all day that way. I hook up the air line and it builds up presser then …

My compressor motor just hums 
It just hums, the motor does not turn over. it was left on, and I believe that the air tool that it was connected to was leaking air, causing it to run …

Won't turn on  
I have a Motor master 20 gal tank 3 volt air compressor that won't turn on with switch,i used it a couple of days ago and now won' turn on. (This issue …

Compressor motor hums 
compressor is plugged directly into outlet.(no extension cord) took belt off and the motor will start (no load). unloader valve seems to be working ok. …

It must be about the King air compressor that won't start 
I have a 4/5 yr old King (Canadian made crap) and it just keeps on trying to start but doesn't. Comes on for 2 sec and cuts out. Over and over and over.. …

wolf sioux 24 won't start 
wolf sioux 24 won't start, have run it a few times but noticed oil level is empty ____________ Hmmm, well, if there is no oil in the sump, and it's …

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I turned air compressor off and now it won't start 
It"s a buffalo tools air compressor,2 hp 6 gal. , tank ________________ Bruce, good that you listed this post in the right place. If I had had to move …

Air compressor will not start unless tank is depressurized 
compressor will not restart unless tank depressurize. ___________________ If the air compressor will not restart when there is pressure in the tank, …

Auto Garage Compressor will not run? 
I have a GE Air Compressoor. On a metal plate it says Genearl Electric, Model #5XC215AG407. The compressor just comes on one sec and then cuts off. …

Air compressor hums but will not start 
10 gal.brute Compressor made by briggs and stratton 125 psi 2.5 hp running ____________________ A humming motor suggests a power problem. If you …

Testors Mini-Blue compressor hums and will not start 
Brand new compressor - On flicking power switch the compressor hums, the rear fan turns a few millimeters, and the cam shaft also, then nothing just the …

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