Small oil less Craftsman compressor runs for 5 seconds

My compressor runs for 5 seconds and turns off then does it again and again. Any ideas?

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Sep 09, 2014
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by: Anonymous

The power is consistent and the breaker is not an issue. the temperature is cool because as soon as you plug it in, it runs for 5 seconds and turns off.
then is will start in a few seconds and run for 2-5 seconds and turn off. over and over.

Sep 09, 2014
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by: Bill

Hey Mike P in Vegas, thanks for chiming in here. We have a great resource in Doug from s.d.ca who is a regular contributor and very knowledgeable, and now it's good to have another compressor friendly person like yourself adding info to the many questions. We all appreciate it.

Bill

Sep 08, 2014
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by: Mike P in Vegas

Great "diagnostic questions" Bill has asked.

I can only add:
How old/new is this compressor?

Has it always behaved in this way, or is this a recent malfunction?

Can you test it on a different power source, so as to eliminate any power issues form your electrical supply-side of the equation...

Sep 08, 2014
Compressor runs for 5 seconds
by: Bill

A bit more information would help us help you.

Any pressure build up in that 5 seconds?

Any pressure in the tank when the compressor is trying to start, or is the tank pressure essentially zero PSI?

What voltage (I am assuming 120 VAC) but need that confirmed, and what have you got it plugged into - breaker size, how long is the extension cord, what other items are pulling power from the same circuit when the compressor is starting?

What is the motor temperature. Or rather, had you been using it for a long time when this compressor problem started?

Bill

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