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A common problem with Makita air compressors is the Makita 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 Makita Air Compressor Keeps Tripping Reset Button

There are a few reasons why your reset button may be tripping on your air compressor. First, 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. The extension or power bar may not be large enough to allow the flow of power that the compressor motor needs to operate efficiently.

Another possibility is 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 think this is happening to your air compressor, try only running it for ten minutes and then letting it sit for at least that time so the motor can cool, before firing it up again.

Also, 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 trip the reset button.

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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why does my air compressor keep tripping out?

If your air compressor keeps tripping out it is likely that you’re having an overheating problem. This could be because of the compressor running for too long, faulty centrifugal switches, or the fact that you’re using an extension cord to power the compressor, which has insufficient power.

Reader Questions & Responses

Makita Compressor Trips Reset Button – Makita Air Compressor Troubleshooting

Question

I have a fairly new Makita MAC5200 3 hp air compressor, the reset button keeps tripping.

Makita 5200 air compressor
Makita 5200 air compressor

You can reset the reset button and it runs and fills normally to about 60-80 lbs, sometimes 100, and then stops due to the reset button going tripping off, once in a while the compressor will fill all way to 140 and automatically shut off as it should, then I will bleed some air till it cycles on again, but more often than not it will trip the reset button at 60-80 lbs while filling then shut off.

And then have to be reset manually to work again. Would this be the pressure switch?

Response

Make sure you have a good 15 amp circuit. Light gauge extension cords and too much load on a circuit will pop it off. The 5200 needs every bit of that 15 amp circuit. I have a dedicated 12 gauge wire 15 amp circuit and run no less than 12 gauge extension cords.


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