by chris
(cincinnati)

Ridgid wheel barrel compressor popping breakers on job site? i plugged it in on my job site and the breaker pop after a few seconds i then plugged it into a generator it ran till it built up about 50 psi and the generator blew a breaker any ideas what is going on? rigid wheel barrel style compressor 110 volt.

New Ridgid wheel barrow air compressor

New Ridgid wheel barrow air compressor

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The breaker pops as the compressor is pulling too many amps for the circuit, typically.

Reasons vary. If on a job site, how long is the extension cord? Better you don’t use one, but if you must, it has to be a heavy gauge to help prevent power loss to the compressor motor.

Other reasons could be a fully plugged intake filter, a start / run capacitor that’s failing, it’s too cold when the compressor tries to start, many reasons, and most are covered on the pages of this site.

Please add a comment providing more information if you wish, along with the model of Ridgid compressor you have.