The compressor is a Northern Industrial Tool 2 HP 8 Gallon.
The compressor will only start with no or very little pressure in the system and will fully charge starting from there.
When it runs and reaches the pressure in which it should turn on it struggles and eventually trips the breaker on the unit.
From reading all your post it seems it’s either the start capacitor or the start relief valve? Is there any way to tell the difference or any other recommendations? Thanks
Jay, from the sound of it, your compressor may have an unloader valve problem.
There is a page detailing what they are and what they do linked from the troubleshooting page. Check out the UNLOADER VALVE page, and if this doesn’t resolve your issue, please post to this thread.
Compressor will not cut back in with air in the tank
when the compressor is first turned on it will fill with air (because it doesn’t hold air) but when using it after it is full it does not want to start again and the motor cuts out
I think that since it runs to cut out pressure when the tank is empty, and then shuts off, you may not getting a typical “unload”.
Tell you what. Drain the tank to zero, close the drain, plug it it, and listen to the unloader valve as the pressure in the tank nears and then reaches cut out pressure. When the compressor stops, does a blast of air come out the unloader valve?
If not, then there is likely air pressure trapped over the piston, and when the compressor tries to start, it cannot overcome the additional load, and the motor cuts out on overload.
Unloader valve operation
(Salt Lake City Utah)
Hoping you can help me with a problem I’m having. I have a Campbell Hausfeld 5hp 60 gallon 120 psi compressor and it seem that the unloader valve is releasing some air before the compressor kicks off at 120psi.
I have replaced the check valve so my question is this. What activates the unloader? Is it that little brass pin that sticks out the end that goes up into the pressure switch and does the pressure switch push that pin down to release the air? I’m just trying to figure out if my unloader is bad or the pressure switch because it’s pushes on the unloader to soon.
Thanks for your help,
Marty, typically the unloader valve is closed, non-passing, when the pin on the unloader valve is released.
When the pressure switch trips to off, it cuts the power to the motor, and at the same time, it depresses the pin (if that’s the type of pressure switch it is) and that opens the air path from over the piston to atmosphere. It is the tank check valve that keeps the air in the tank when the pump is opened to atmosphere so it’s good that you checked the tank check valve, too.
If the pressure switch is tripping to off and depressing the unloader valve pin before the pressure in the tank reaches the normal cut out pressure, I would think that it’s the pressure switch that’s pooched.