136424 Husky Compressor won't start. period.

by Ron
(Port Townsend, Washington)

Hello, I've been working for the past month on reconstructing 15 X 20 outbuilding that has been slowly decomposing into the mud since it was built in 1930. I had to jack up one side of the building because of the rotten wood and the whole structure sagging.


Anyway, my Husky Compressor, Model No. 136424, 155 PSI, 19 Gallon has been getting a workout. I've been running mainly nail guns for the past month. I plugged it in as usual and it worked fine for half the day, when I noticed that my framing nail gun wasn't working quite right.

I went to the tank gauge and it read 40 PSI.

I checked the electrical outlet and all the other electrical tools were working.

I bled down the pressure to try and activate the sensor switch and nothing happened.

I plugged it into the extension cord by itself and nothing happened. I thumped on it a couple of times and nothing happened. I'm baffled.

How does a perfectly good compressor just quit working?

I bought it from Home Depot a couple of years ago. I don't know if I have the original receipt. I don't know what's covered under warranty or if it is even eligible. I really haven't used it much until this past month.
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Ron, use a multi-meter to check and see if power is actually flowing through the pressure switch to the motor circuit. If the tank pressure is zero, then the pressure switch should have tripped to "passing" and power should be flowing to the motor. If it is not, then your pressure switch is suspect number one.

However, what I suspect from what you have written that you have been under powering your air compressor for quite some time, by using an extension cord. It is known that your extension cord, if not big enough (allow enough power flow) under powers the motor, the motor runs hotter than normal, and wears out sooner.

So, if you have power to the motor circuit, next check the capacitor(s) (see that page for how to do that) and if they are good, then you possibly need a motor check up.

Cheers,

Bill



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Husky air compressor will not shut off

by Tyler
(Tempe az)

My Husky air compressor will not shut off once it reaches 120 psi
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Tyler, is 120 PSI the point at which your air compressor cuts out normally, or, is the air pressure in the compressor tank getting to 120 PSI, then does not surpass that pressure level, to actually reach the normal cut out pressure?

Please respond as a comment here.

Cheers,

Bill

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How can I adjust pressure back to factory settings

by Art Gand
(Jax, Fl)

Hi,
I have 60 gal Husky compressor 220V that has been working great for at least 7 years.

The pressure switch on this compressor is made by Condor model MDR21. Inside the switch are two large springs with adjustable nuts. These are the only adjustable springs I can see. For some reason, one or two of the springs went out of adjustments perhaps due to vibration.

Condor technical manual says these two springs are the cut-in pressure.The maximum tank pressure imprinted on the tank is 135psi. How can I adjust this back to factory settings or set the cut-out to 130psi. Thanks
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Art, it would be good to know what the actual pressures your compressor are experiencing on cut in and cut out.

In any case, according to www.generalairproducts.com, your pressure switch actually has three adjustment nuts.

The two at one end are the main calibration nuts. Turning these nuts clockwise increases the cut in pressure, and turning them counter clockwise decreases the cut in pressure.

If you look to one side of these two nuts, and just down a bit, you should see a smaller spring with a nut as well. This is the adjustment you use to change the cut out pressure setting.

You will still need to cycle your air compressor after each adjustment to determine whether you are on the right track in terms of the pressure settings.

Bill

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136424 Compressor won't start. period.

by Ron
(Port Townsend, Washington)

Hello, I've been working for the past month on reconstructing 15 X 20 outbuilding that has been slowly decomposing into the mud since it was built in 1930. I had to jack up one side of the building because of the rotten wood and the whole structure sagging.

Anyway, my Husky Compressor, Model No. 136424, 155 PSI, 19 Gallon has been getting a workout.

I've been running mainly nail guns for the past month. I plugged it in as usual and it worked fine for half the day, when I noticed that my framing nail gun wasn't working quite right. I went to the tank gauge and it read 40 PSI. I checked the electrical outlet and all the other electrical tools were working. I bled down the pressure to try and activate the sensor switch and nothing happened. I plugged it into the extension cord by itself and nothing happened. I thumped on it a couple of times and nothing happened. I'm baffled. How does a perfectly good compressor just quit working? I bought it from Home Depot a couple of years ago. I don't know if I have the original receipt. I don't know what's covered under warranty or if it is even eligible. I really haven't used it much until this past month.
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Ron, if you are using an extension cord of 50' or so, it had best be in the 8 gauge size. Smaller than that, you are underpowering the compressor motor, and it is overheating, perhaps to the point of damage.

First, though, read the Compressor Won't Start pages found under Troubleshooting on the site map page. Do all the checks referred to there, then post a comment here telling us what you found.

Cheers,

Bill

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