Craftsman compressor blows breaker

by mike
(hemet ca.)

I have a 2hp 12 gal.craftsman air compressor.it would start ok but after 30 sec. it would blow the house breaker. so I replaced the run capacitor but it still doing the same thing.

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Mar 10, 2015
blows breaker
by: BORN - TO - DIE

For a 2 hp. compressor you will need 12 gauge wire & 20 amp. breaker. You will also need 20 amp. receptacle's. Many people use 15 amp receptacle's in 20 amp line's & that will blow the breaker if other items are on the same line.

Jan 27, 2015
blows breaker
by: Doug in s.d.ca

Was the cap actually bad? Could also be the internal switch for the cap.

Could be a bad breaker, or there's some other load on the circuit. 2HP is close to the limit for a 15A circuit.


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