Ridgid tri-tank builds pressure and trips reset switch

by Darrell Holland
(Burneyville, Ok)

Ridgid tri-tank builds up pressure and then trips reset switch.

When I use the compressor and it refills, it will fill until max pressure is reached and then it trips the reset switch and cut off.

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Feb 04, 2017
cold and cords
by: Doug in s.d.ca.

Anonymous -

A heavier extension cord would fix that, unless the supply voltage is already low, and lighter oil would probably fix the cold start.

Just don't try to use automotive oil unless the machine calls for it - which is unlikely.

I'd like to see an actual model number for this compressor too.

Feb 03, 2017
Trips breaker in the cold
by: Anonymous

Breaker only trips in the cold or if used on extension cord

Sep 04, 2016
Rigid air compressor
by: Mike

You mention it answers my question. I guess I do not see where it does it or understand the solution.


Sep 03, 2016
Ridgid stack compressor
by: Mike

Compressor fills. When start using motor tries kick on and hums and trips the motor and then constantly hit reset button to start. It then repeats.

(Already covered thoroughly in the troubleshooting section, Mike. - Moderator)

Feb 17, 2016
by: Doug in s.d.ca

OK. Couple things - does the tank hold air after it quits? Like an hour or so and you still have the 150 or so PSI it was at when it stopped?

also, have you checked the caps?


Feb 17, 2016
See the troubleshooting pages
by: Bill

The troubleshooting pages on www.about-air-compressors.com address issues common to many brands of compressors.

Often the solution to any compressor problem can be found there, as will the typical reason why a Ridgid air compressor that pops the reset on restart.

Feb 16, 2016
overload relay
by: darrell

It does change pitch. No I do not have it on an extension cord

Feb 09, 2016
by: Doug in s.d.ca

So, as it refills, it approaches full 150PSI, and what? Does the motor change pitch?

Are you running it on an extension cord?

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