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A common problem with Central Pneumatic air compressors is the Central Pneumatic air compressor reset button tripping. This article will provide you with the most common reasons as to why this is happening, along with existing reader questions & responses!

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Reasons Central Pneumatic Air Compressor Keeps Tripping Reset Button

There are a few reasons as to why your reset button may be tripping on your air compressor and these are:

  • Power supply
  • Air compressor runs too long
  • Centrifugal switch

Power Supply

Check to make sure that your air compressor is plugged right into the wall socket, and that it is not being powered through an extension cord or power bar. They may not be large enough to allow the flow of power that the compressor motor needs to operate efficiently.

Air Compressor Runs Too Long

If you are using your air compressor for extended periods, the typical DIY air compressor will overheat. The duty cycle of the compressor may be less than the time you are requiring it to run, and the motor will overheat.

If you believe this is happening to your air compressor, try only running it for ten minutes and then letting it sit for at least the same amount of time so that the motor can cool, before firing it up again.

Centrifugal Switches

The centrifugal switch can stick which will keep the start windings energized tripping the thermal switch. If the centrifugal switch were to get stuck in an open position then the windings won’t shift properly.

The start windings can’t withstand the heat of the compressor’s full RPM which subsequently causes the compressor to overheat and the reset button to trip.

For more detailed information, please visit our Air Compressor Reset Button Always Trips – Air Compressor Keeps Tripping Overload guide here!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why does my air compressor keep tripping?

One of the most common problems for reset button tripping is due to excessive air compressor usage, otherwise known as the compressor running too long and causing the compressor to overheat.

Reader Questions & Responses

Central Pneumatic Air Compressor Keeps Tripping Reset Button – Central Pneumatic Air Compressor Troubleshooting


I turn on my air compressor and it will run up to about 25 pounds pop the black reset button on the side of the motor, I wait a few minutes to reset and it will run for about another 10 or 20 pounds, and pop the button again. I have had this for about 5 years and never had this problem before it would pump up to 110 pounds no problem this is a 21-gallon upright compressor.


It sounds like the compressor motor is overheating.

Assuming all is mechanically correct on the compressor, then John, I would look to the run capacitor, or the motor itself failing.

Compressor motor reset button on one model of compressor motor.
Compressor motor reset button on one model of the compressor motor.

Central Pneumatic Air Compressor Reset Button Keeps Tripping – Central Pneumatic Air Compressor Troubleshooting


I need to replace the reset switch as the compressor reset switch keeps popping out. I have to reset the switch in order to use the compressor and I feel that this is happening too many times. I can plug it into the wall plug and it still does it.


Vern, does the compressor run for a while before the reset switch pops out, or is it happening on startup?

If the reset switch keeps popping, that suggests to me that the motor is overheating and that it is not the switch that is the problem, but the motor overheating that is causing it.

It would be good if you had included the model number of your compressor, and provided some idea of whether the compressor is new or well used. If well used, you quite likely have other air compressor problems than a reset switch.

Can you provide more details as a comment here?


Hi, I have a central pneumatic 3 gallon 100 psi pancake air compressor.

It’s a little more than a year old. It just started popping when I hit the reset button.

I unplugged it from the receptacle and waited 30 mins. And tried it again but the same problem it won’t fill up with air since the reset keeps popping. Any advice?


2.5HP 125 psi 10GAL NEW 2ND TIME USED POPPING THE SWITCH. WILL NOT RUN AT ALL and just my luck I misplaced my ticket.. what should do..?


Tell us how you are getting power to the compressor please, along with the amperage of the circuit into which you are plugging the compressor, please.

If you have any questions regarding Central Pneumatic air compressor reset button tripping, please leave a comment below, with a photo if applicable, so that someone can help you!