Sears Air Compressors


For many years the Sears air compressors house brand is hte Craftsman air compressor. Sears, as a retailer, also sells other brands including Ingersoll Rand and Campbell Hausfeld compressors, among others.

Many folks have posted questions about their Sears compressors on this site. Regardless if they are referring to another compressor brand Sears sells I have added this page to provide a forum for those postings relating to anySears Air Compressors.

If the question is about a brand other than a Sears air compressor, typically I will move that post to the page about that brand of compressor on this site.

If you are chasing parts for a Sears air compressors here is the page with information about getting spare parts.


Sears air compressors

Issues and comments about Sears air compressors already addressed on this and other pages on this site are...

  • Restarting an old Sears air compressor
  • Is oil sight gauges also the oil drain gauge on a Sears Compressor
  • Sears compressor pressure switch problems
  • Motor buzzes and doesn't start
  • Compressor capacity and plumbing
With many more more questions, comments, suggestions and complaints found below the form. I suspect you will find an answer to your Sears compressor issue. If you still have a question about your Sears compressor that is not answered below, please post it using the form.

If you have advice for questions from other Sears Air Compressor users, please add a comment to their post below. We can then all benefit from your experience.

As the numbers of comments added to this page grows, it gets harder to find the specific answer you are seeking so I've added a search box here for your use to help you find the information you need.

Here are the manuals for Sears air compressors I have managed to find so far. Do you have one to share? Use the contact form to reach me, if you do and I'll upload it here. Click the appropriate link to download that compressor manual to your computer. Save the download so you have it for future reference.

  1. Model 106-175541 (and others)
  2. Model 106-171941
  3. Model 919.152144
  4. Model 921.153100
  5. Model 921.153120
  6. Model 921.166400

Here is the forum form. Thanks to all that provided manuals and helped others with the Sears air compressors problems.

Bill


Sears Compressor Issues

Having an issue with your Sears air compressor?

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919.165580 pops circuit breaker when started 
I have a Craftsman 919.165580 compressor. Until recently it worked great, not when I start it, it pops the circuit breaker. I can hear the compressor …

model 106-171941 not building pressure 
not building pressure 40 - 50 lbs max - model 106-171941 220 volt it will not building pressure 40 - 50 lbs max - model 106-171941 220 volt It starts …

919.165230 Craftsman compressor won't stay on. 
Hi, I recently bought a Craftsman air compressor model 919.165230 5.5hp 25 gal and plugged her in only to see that she shorts a 20 amp breaker with nothing …

PRV opening prematurely on 919.176920 
Trying to use older Sears compressor that has been sitting idle for at least 20 years. It's a 2 HP / 12 Gallon portable unit. The Mfg. plate spot …

pressure switch repair parts  
Sears air compressor 919.174350, pressure switch CAC-462 contactor broke. I am trying to locate repair parts or a total replacement. I ordered a replacement …

919.167342 trips breaker on start 
When I start the compressor it bogs down, then trips the breaker. If I toggle between start and stop, it will kick on, but then when pressure gets low …

How to install the reed valves? 
Won't build pressure above 20 PSI. I've read a ton off articles on line and watched a bunch of videos on this problem, but I am asking for help with …

Help to maintain my Craftsman Model 106.154781 
I own the above Air Compressor that I bought used in the late 1990's and it works very well. I have performed general maintenance on it over the past …

Instructions for 100 PSI Twin Cylinder 106.154580 
Need maintenance instructions for an older Sears air compressor. Especially lubrication and water drainage. Please post if available or possible source. …

Sears model 106.175541 has no PRV 
I have acquired a Sears model 106-175541 FREE. Runs and operates well. Well enough that I purchased a manual for it.( Which I am willing to share with …

Where is on - off switch on 160.153780 
Can't find on off switch model air compressor 160.153780

919.166600 lubrication question 
Just wanted to know how my oiless compressor differs with the ones with oil?? How does it lubricate

921.16476 cut out blows off pressure switch 
at 150 psi the pressure switch turns off the compressor while venting continuously to cut in pressure. This compressor has less than 6 hours of run time. …

Craftsman 106.152581 Pump Rebuild 
I need to rebuild the pump on a Craftsman 106.152581. I can't find any general specifications, torque specs, or a manual online. Does anyone have a …

919-165600 still breaks the rods 
I have model # 919-165600 sears air compressor and keeps breaking rods. I have replace the rods three times and still break the rods.

106.153780 Head Tightening specifications 
Compressor 106.153780 head gasket tightening torque

it is about amperage required for sears 106.173781 
im not sure if i need 20 amps or 50 amps for my 1977 sears air compressor model #106.173781 2 cylinder 2hp 230v

Changing oil in old sears. No sight or fill plug 
I See you have certainly attempted to answer the question but I am still left confused. http://www.about-air-compressors.com/oil-change-in-old-sear-air-compressor-.html …

Sears Model 919-165600 Has Bad Vibration  
I recently bought a compressor at an estate sale and when I inspected it (after I got it home) I found both connecting rods broke. I replaced them as well …

Sears DvBliss compressors Sizes? 
I have two older very common Sears/DvBliss compressors, one is an 1hp compressor and the other is a 2hp compressor, I have also seen 3hp ones that have …

ABP-446 Pump Replacement 
My Sears Craftsman air compressor has a Devilbiss pump number ABP-446. The pump is old and not working, I prefer not to repair it. I would like to replace …

Model 106.152540 Compressor locks up?? 
5/09/2015 A Model 106.152540 100 psi single cylinder utility air compressor tipped over. Since then, the electric motor runs great, but the compressor …

Sears compressor motor slows down and eventually stops. 
Hi Bill. I have a Sears 6.5hp, 60 gal compressor. The motor slows to a crawl after a very short period of time and eventually stops, it never gets above …

Sears Model 919.167340 only build to 20lbs 
Compressor runs but will only build pressure to 20lbs. When the pressure gets to 20lbs the air intake stops sucking air. Before this point it wil suck …

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106.153340 pressure switch gone bad 
I have an old Sears compressor. Model 106.153340. The pressure switch. Has gone bad (leaks). In need of a new one if that is possible. Probably not. …

919.167342 only makes a click sound when trying to start 
Model number 919167342 only makes a click sound when initially plugged in to a power source than nothing else, it does not start

What breaker for 919.156780  
sears compressor mod.#919.156780 on motor plate it states 22.0/11.0 amps. 115/230 2 hp. In the manual it states 220-240 single phase voltage 15amps. …

Sears 919 152920 Check Valve Problem 
Hello, I have a Sears (Devilbliss) 919 152920 compressor. The compressor starting taking a long time to build up pressure and after reading articles …

Help with old sears 106170641 compressor 
Just bought one from a gentlemen from practically nothing. Label says it is wired from factory for 220v. Somebody wired a 110 volt plug which on the gould …

sears craftsman 5 hp 20 gallon tank belt drive plug wiring 
Hello sir my name is Tom and I was wondering how to wire up this compressor to my normal outlet it has almost a normal plug on it just the one side has …

Sears craftsman overfills then hums, trips motor breaker? 
It's a Sears craftsman 5hp 25 gallon. 125v. Air compressor overfills, releases pressure to max psi then tries to restart, hums, trips motor breaker? …

Sears 921.166420 air compressor no pressure 
The tank holds plenty of pressure. When I use my paint spray gun, the pressure at the gun starts at 40 but will drop to 20 no matter what pressure I set …

sears 5 hp 25 gal air compressor oil free runs but no air 
hello, my name is Susan I am trying to pump the tire on my Chevy truck up just to make it to tire shop I have a slow leak in tire. I am using my late husbands …

What oil to use in sears model 106175540 compressor 
It looks very similar to the provided manual for 106171941. I think I got it in late 1990 or early 91, I'm not entirely certain. I know I sold my …

specifications of sears air compressor 919.166600 
What are the specs. of the crankshaft i.e. dia. and length?

Sears model 106.175541 compressor for sale 
I have a Sears model 106.175541 air compressor we want to sell. We just moved into a new house & the previous owner left it. It does work and we would …

Where to ground the compressor at pressure switch and motor 
I have a 1970 Sears Utility Air Compressor Model# 106.153780. It is a 2HP, 150psi, twin cylinder, high pressure commercial capacity, 7.8cfm @ 40psi. …

Reed valve position on Sears air compressor 
Tank fills to about 30 psi and doesn't hold. Seems air is coming out of oil vent cap. I removed cylinder head to examine piston rings(which look …

Sear compressor running fine but never builds pressure 
5.5 hp. 25 Gal motor is running fine but unit never builds up enough to cut off. I checked the tube going into the tank and it is pumping plenty …

Sears air compressor unable to restart ... 
Once the pressure gets below the threshold, it attempts to restart then blows a circuit breaker. I thought maybe it is the unloader valve(choke valve). …

Pump head torque setting for Sears model 106.153784 air compressor ... 
I replaced the flapper valves and now I'm ready to put the head back on but can't find info on the correct torque setting on the head bolts. ___________________ …

Model 919.167342 compressor stops at 40 PSI ... 
Sears Craftsman 33 gallon air-compressor. Model# - 919.167342. Compressor won't shut off automatically and pressure will not increase beyond 40PSI. …

Sears 919.176320 compressor struggling ... 
compressor starts, then when it gets to about 20 psi, the motor starts to stuggle and then trips the overload. Any ideas what might be going on? Thanks, …

Sears electric air compressor will not start ... 
Sears model 919.165230 25 gal air compressor, pressure switch good, replace start capacitor, still wont start, do I have to replace run capacitor also? …

Pressure problem on Sears compressor model 921.166400 ... 
I recently returned my compressor to sears for repair and when i got it back it had the same issue as when I returned it. The issue is when I fill the …

Add larger tank to 3 HP Sears compressor ... 
I have an old Sears 3 hp belt driven 33 gallon compressor,220 volt. Can I install the motor and pump on to a 60 gallon tank? ___________________ Bill …

Sears air compressor model 919.165612 will not build air pressure 
Compressor will slowly build pressure to 60 psi and stop. It will continue to run , however it will not build anymore pressure. I suspect it is the check …

Sears vertical compressor hose connection ... 
I have a Sears vertical 20 gal 5hp air compressor. I took the damaged hose off to replace it. Connected the hose back to the reel, but do not remember …

Direction of pump rotation on older Sears compressor ... 
I have just acquired a Sears Compressor from the 70's. It has a Leeson 230v motor that is not dual voltage. I have a nice Baldor 115v motor that I want …

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Sears air compressor bogs down 
sears 4hp single phase 115v. Sears compressor runs till it gets about 15 psi. then slows down and trips off. ________________________ Bill says... …

6 HP 60 gallon Sears compressor will not hold pressure ... 
I have a Sears Craftsman 6 horse 60 gallon compressor won't hold pressure. It runs but i will not hold pressure while I'm using it _______________________ …

Sears air compressor 919.174350 bogs down 
Works fine when its below 20psi. Pumps up to 100 with no problem. When its above 20psi. it tries to turn but cant do it. The check valve seems ok, …

Sears air compressor 919.167311 ... 
This compressor was given to me. It runs, builds up to 40 psi and won't cut off. It just keeps on running, and running, and running. What's the problem?...Thank …

Sears 30 gallon air compressor blows fuses ... 
I hav a 30 gal compressor every time i turns it on it blow fuse in the house.....plase help me and give me some ideas on what maybe the cause... …

Make repairs to older Sears air compressor ... 
I am trying to clean up and make repairs to an older Sears Air Compressor (model # 919.174320). The handle is broken, the electrical cord frayed, etc. …

Where to add oil on Sears 106.179680 air compressor 
I just inherited a Sears Compressor Model 106.179680; There is a label on the compressor that says that I must fill it to the top with oil. However, I …

About Sears compressor pressure switch ... 
I have an older model sears air compressor, single cylinder, model number 10615340 for which I need a wiring diagram going in and out of the pressure switch. …

Some ring solutions for Sears compressor 
Hello-- I have an old sear air compressor model number 106 153781 that's in good condition with the exception of a compressor switch. Unfortunately …

Oil change in old Sear air compressor ... 
I have 20+ yrs old sears 2hp mo.# 106.153991. Would like to know how much oil it takes? Bill answers... Howdy: Difficult to say without …

Old Sears air compressor 
It says 1980, but I cannot read any other identification, pictures attached

Oil leaking around flywheel area on Sears 
oil leaking around flywheel area ,lite coating of oil all over compressor . upon looking further i found all the packing that goes in the oil drip …

Sears 4 HP 220v compressor (30 yrs old) throws belt off when starting. 
The unit has served me well...no problems whatsoever. Recently, it started throwing the belt off when starting. Still using the original belt. I changed …

Sears compressor will not run with compressor head in place 
Will not run with compressor head in place with out the head in place good rpms My sears 3 HP electric air compressor will not run with the clynider …

Rust hole in Sears compressor tank - replacement tank? 
I have a 30 gallon 5 hp air compressor. The tank has a rust hole through the bottom of the tank. Where can I get a replacement tank? _________________ …

Sears Craftsman 919.167240 will only get to 110 psi 
The compressor is a Sears Craftsman permanently lubricated (tank mounted, 15 gal, 5 hp) model # 919.167240. I've checked for leaks and there are none …

Sears 919.152921 air compressor runs and does not stop ... 
My compressor runs and does not stop. The pressure only reaches about 83 psi and no higher. When I stop compressor I cannot hear or feel any air …

Sears air compressor 919.152812 will not build pressure ... 
It runs fine until about 115 psi,keeps running but will not get up to the 125 psi. __________________ Bill, it could be a number of things. Look under …

919.167310 tank replacement? 
Sears Model 919.167310 tank replacement? The sears tank part number Z-D23364 is obsolete and i can't find any alternatives. This was a extremely low …

Is 1975 Sears air compressor dual voltage ... 
I have a 1975 Sears Air Compressor with a 2HP motor and 20 Gal tank. It run on 220 and I was curious if it was possible to switch it to 110? Can that …

What air flow in a 919.152910 Sears air compressor ... 
I have an owners manual pdf for the Sears 919.152910 3.5 HP compressor. I need to find the air flow specifications for this compressor, the manual does …

Model 919.152921 compressor blows the filter out ... 
Sears 4 hsp 25 gal, I have just replaced the rod, cylinder sleeve, squirrel cage & gaskets. When I start it instead of it building up pressure, it blowes …

Need a new motor for a 7 HP Sears compressor ... 
need the motor, my old one burnt up, too to the motor shop and the said it needed to be rewound help

Sears compressor will not build air pressure 
the compressor would not build pressure, I checked the reed valves and there was debris piceces of gasket? cleaned put it back together and it builds some …

Sears air compressor trips the breaker when trying to start 
My Sears air compeossor won't start and trips the breaker. _______________ Scott, please have a read of the "compressor will not start" pages linked …

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3 gallon 1 HP Sears compressor will not go above 60 PSI ... 
the motor won"t kick off & the gauges wont go obove 60# ___________________ See the site map page, look in the Troubleshooting section, and read the …

After making 150 PSI Sears compressor trips the breaker ... 
Hey BILL! Thanks for your site. I inherited an Old Sears 106.153680 1 1/2 hp. It turns on great and gets above 150psi no prob AND I hear the unloader …

3 HP 20 gallon sears compressor will not start ... 
My compreesor will not run. I've checked both hot lines and there is power. I've checked the pressure swith and even bypassed it. Nothing. The contacts …

Pressure relief valve on second piston blows off on Sears compressor ... 
have sears 60gal. tank, 5hp. holds 175psi but prv opens on top of the smaller of two pistons at 80psi what to do? ___________________ Bill …

Replace oil fill cap in old Sears compressor ... 
I have 2 older sears horizontal tank compressers, one is a 110 volt and the other 220 volt. Both have similar belt driven twin cylinders. I'm thinking …

Sears compressor motor slows with just a little pressure ... 
I bought a older Sears 5 hp compressor, model #919-176850. I tore it down and cleaned everything I could. Replaced all new gaskets. Changed oil. When I …

Slower build up of air in Sears air compressor ... 
I recently purchased a 33gal. vertical Air Compressor from Sears (Model# WLB1683321). It seems to be operating as it should except that the buildup of …

Sears air compressor pops breakers and fuses 
This is a sears vertical 33 gal recipacating compressor. The motor and pump turn free by hand. No bad bushing or bearings. ___________________ Bill …

Maintenance for Sears Craftsman compressor model 919.151244 
What maintenance does this compressor require to work well and last? ______________________ Bill says... The best advice I can give is to read …

25 gallon Sears compressor blows the 15 amp breaker ... 
Will start up on a different circuit but causes the lights to dim more so than in the past. Seems to be drawing more current to start than in the past. …

Sears air compressor just hums - won't start 
Older Sears compressor, 220v, won't start when switch on at pressure switch. Just get electric humming noise. This happens all the time. Pressure …

Plugging 220 volt Sears air compressor into 110 volts 
I purchased a used sears air compressor came with manual and everything. It is a duel voltage will run on 110 or 220. Ran it on 110 until i installed …

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