Duty cycle issue

by Charlie
(Orlando, FL)

I never owned a compressor before, so hopefully this is not a stupid question: I know now what duty cycle means, but what I am not sure of is the following: If the duty cycle is e.g., 50% and it runs let's say 10 minutes and MUST therefore cool down 10 minutes before operating again, does that mean that I need to manually turn OFF the compressor myself to prevent it from overheating and possible damage????

It would be nice IF the compressor could turn itself off automatically after each 10 minutes of operating cycle (with above example), that would certainly prevent it from overheating? Correct?

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Jun 13, 2017
Duty cycle issue
by: Doug in s.d.ca.

What Bill said, and note that unless you're running it hard (where it basically never stops), you can usually go a half hour or so before you need to wait for cool down.

OTOH, usually it's OK so long as you don't smell anything either from the compressor itself or from the exhaust air.

Have fun...

Jun 12, 2017
Duty cycle
by: Bill

What it means, Charlie, is that you stop using air for the rest period.

Presumably, if you are not using air, the compressor won't run.

It's the motor and pump running that's the issue, and if they are not running during the rest cycle, no need to turn off or unplug the compressor.

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