Craftsman Model No. 919.165250 starts, runs then pops the breaker
by Kevin C
Craftsman Model No. 919.165250 nameplate
Craftsman Model No. 919.165250 starts, runs for a very short time, then pops the breaker
Craftsman Model No. 919.165250, approx 18 yrs old.
Last month, I brought it into the house from the garage, plugged it in, and it started out OK.
Then then motor started to "bog down" (ran slower and slower, til the circuit breaker tripped).
Tried different circuits - same result.
Did some research online - most often suggested repair is to replace the capacitors (GE 97F9614 and Mallory Start Capacitor 400-480µF 165VAC). Installed them today, plugged it in and turned it on. Motor didn't bog down, but still blew the circuit breaker. Did some more research - one web site suggested replacing the unloader valve; one said the windings in the motor might be shorted; another suggested the centrifugal switch. Given the age of the compressor, I don't want to drop too much money because the cost could approach the price of a new on if I simply keep swapping parts.
However, if the total repair cost is <$100 it's worth it, because otherwise the compressor is in very good shape and I used it quite a bit. Any ideas?