Craftsman model 919165010 popping breakers

by Dexter


I recently purchased a Craftsman air compressor model number 919165010.

They guy I bought it from said it worked perfect from the guy he bought it from, but when he got it home it trips the breaker upon start up.

I got a good deal on it so I figured I could mess with it...Upon reading on here and other websites I have tried to solve the issue of the tripping of the breaker.

I checked the pressure switch and noticed that the line wires were on the motor terminals and the motor wires were on the line terminals...Can this cause any damage to the compressor in the long run? I don't know how long they had been in that configuration, but I switched them thinking that would solve the problem...It did not.

I next checked the capacitors. I noticed one of them(one is chrome and one is black), the chrome one has a white mark on it like it has blown perhaps..anyways, I went through your forum about checking the capacitors, as near as I can tell, they are both bad.

Could this be my problem why it trips breakers on the way, it is plugged into an outlet that has a 20amp breaker, nothing else plugged in. Please help me out.


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Apr 24, 2016
Compressor wil not restart after pressure drops on Model 919.165070
by: Anonymous

Got this compressor and was told one capacitor was changed because it would not restart when out of air. Motor would hum and trip breaker.

Jul 04, 2015
Craftsman model 919165010
by: Bill

Howdy Dexter.

To your questions... wiring the terminals in the switch backwards should not have caused any damage. Wiring them properly is a good idea.

Yes, failed capacitors are likely the reason why your compressor won't start properly.

Make sure you are not using an extension cord, either.


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